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Man receives six years for trying to have officials killed

July 07, 2010 | 08:49 AM
Waukesha — A man who attempted to put a hit on a Walworth County prosecutor, an East Troy police officer and an East Troy municipal employee will spend the next six years in prison.

John K. Gorman, 51, East Troy, tried to have the three people killed because of their involvement in criminal proceedings against him. On June 24, Waukesha County Judge James R. Kieffer also sentenced Gorman to an additional five years of extended supervision.

Initially, the Walworth County District Attorney's Office charged Gorman for stalking the village of East Troy municipal clerk. Later more charges were filed because he had guns in his home, which was a violation of his bond.

He was again charged with felony bail jumping and misdemeanor disorderly conduct after he swore at and flipped off police officer Kevin Weber when he was off-duty.

When in custody, Gorman spoke to an inmate about hiring a hit man to kill Weber, the clerk and Assistant District Attorney Diane Donohoo, who was prosecuting the case. The inmate went to authorities and Gorman approached an undercover police officer about killing the three individuals.

As part of a plea agreement, Gorman pleaded guilty to one count of solicitation of first-degree intentional homicide. Three felony bail jumping, two additional solicitation of first-degree intentional homicide and the Walworth County charges were dismissed but considered during sentencing.

Donohoo said the sentencing was fair considering the plea agreement.

"When Judge Kieffer gave his reasons for the sentence, I felt that the judge truly grasped the seriousness of the case," Donohoo stated in a recent e-mail.

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Gorman told Kieffer he regretted his actions during the sentencing hearing. "I can't believe that this whole thing happened. It just isn't like me. I'm more the type of guy to help someone out than to hurt them or whatever. I'm ashamed of this whole thing, what I've done to those people and to my family," Gorman said.

Despite receiving a death threat for doing her job, Donohoo said she hasn't questioned whether prosecuting dangerous criminals is worth it. "I do not now nor have I ever in my 18 years questioned whether it is worth it to be a prosecutor," Donohoo said. "This is the job I have always wanted and I consider it a privilege to be able to work in this capacity."

She also said it hasn't changed how she views the criminal justice system. "I have always said that the criminal justice system is a very fact intensive and labor intensive field," Donohoo said. "The more effort we put into our cases, the better justice is served. That statement is still true."

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