PORT ANGELES — An Oregon man convicted of trying to hire a hit man to kill a Sequim teen has been sentenced to 19 years in prison.
Aaron A. Hahn, 30 — who was found guilty of solicitation of first-degree premeditated murder on Oct. 28 — was sentenced by Clallam County Superior Court Judge George L. Wood on Wednesday.
The sentence combined the murder-for-hire charge and a sexual exploitation of a minor charge that Hahn pled guilty to in July.
The Gresham, Ore., man was accused of attempting to hire a fellow Clallam County jail inmate to kill the girl he is accused of sexually exploiting in 2008.
The victim was 13 when Hahn met her online.
The standard range for the solicitation of murder charge was 15.6 to 20.8 years.
“I’m very pleased,” said Clallam County Prosecuting Attorney Deb Kelly, who praised the work of the Sequim Police Department and the Clallam County jail staff for their parts in the investigations.
Former inmate thanked
She also thanked former Clallam County jail inmate Norman Livengood, who stepped forward after a conversation he had with Hahn.
“He was appalled when this guy started talking about killing this victim,” Kelly said.
Livengood wore a tape recorder to another meeting he had with Hahn to collect further evidence.
Hahn also was sentenced to 36 months in community custody and ordered to pay $800 in fees. The court imposed a lifetime no-contact order with the victim and her family.
He was sent to a state prison in Shelton on Wednesday to be processed and evaluated. It isn’t yet known where he will serve the sentence.
Kelly said overwhelming evidence including phone conversations, e-mails and tape recordings led to the conviction.
The girl in 2008 told police that Hahn scared her when she tried to end the relationship.
Sequim police arranged a false meeting between Hahn and the girl in Castle Rock, where he was taken into state custody.
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