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Pittsfield ice cream truck owner charged in murder-for-hire plot
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- A Pittsfield ice cream truck owner and driver has been charged with trying to hire someone to kill his wife.
Recep Sarikcioglu was ordered held on $25,000 bail Wednesday, after a judge denied the prosecutor's request to have him held without bail as a dangerous person.
Authorities say the 28-year-old Sarikcioglu had been charged with assaulting his estranged wife in May, then allegedly violated a restraining order, which landed him in jail. Prosecutors said while in jail, he offered another inmate $10,000 to either cut the brakes on his wife's car or tamper with the natural gas line at her home. The other inmate told police.
The Berkshire Eagle reports that Sarikcioglu's lawyer said his client has no criminal record and the informant is unreliable.
Information from: The Berkshire (Mass.) Eagle, http://www.berkshireeagle.com