Man agrees to plea in hit-for-hire plot
A man accused of trying to hire someone to kill his wife waived his case to court on Thursday as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors.
Under the pending agreement, Kevin D. Peterman, 27, of Indiana, is to plead guilty to a count of criminal solicitation to commit aggravated assault, and in exchange, prosecutors are to withdraw counts of criminal solicitation to commit homicide and making terroristic threats.
According to state police in Indiana, Peterman in March offered a man $5,000 to kill his wife, Amanda George. He then later offered an all-terrain vehicle and her new car if he did the deed, police said. But instead, the man reported the offer to state police.
In the ensuing investigation, police electronically monitored a meeting between the man and Peterman. Police said that during the meeting, Peterman could be heard telling the man, “I want rid of her.”
Police took Peterman into custody without incident. He has been lodged at the Indiana County Jail since, unable to post a $100,000 cash bond.
On Thursday, Peterman’s attorney, Ryan Tutera, of Pittsburgh, asked District Judge Guy Haberl to lower Peterman’s bond to a “reasonable” amount, perhaps to around $25,000.
Indiana County Assistant District Attorney Sarah Ross argued that Peterman’s bond should be left as it is, noting that Peterman tried to hire the hitman while free on $100,000 cash bond in an unrelated case. In that case, Peterman is accused of inappropriately touching a minor.
His bond in that case was revoked after the charges arising from the current case were filed.
Haberl declined to lower Peterman’s bond, and he was returned to the county jail. His attorney said he would seek a lower bond through the Indiana County Court of Common Pleas.