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Lockport man convicted of trying to arrange murder of wife, mother-in-law

A Lockport man who tried to hire a fellow Niagara County Jail inmate to kill his wife and mother-in-law was convicted Friday of four counts of attempted murder.

Benito Lendof-Gonzalez, 34, faces life in prison when he is sentenced Sept. 15 by State Supreme Court Justice John L. Michalski.

Michael Shepherd, a former inmate, testified that Lendof-Gonzalez passed him notes in May 2016 with detailed instructions on how to kill the women by inflicting drug overdoses.

In phone calls recorded after Shepherd was released from jail, Lendof-Gonzalez was heard asking for progress reports on the murder plan. But Shepherd already had reported the plot to authorities.

Lendof-Gonzalez still faces two other trials: one for a domestic violence incident that put him in jail to begin with and another on charges that he tried to escape by arranging to have a corrections officer killed as he was being taken to court.

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