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East Ala. man sentenced in murder-for-hire plot

Allen Wayne Morgan. Source: Tuscaloosa VA Center video Allen Wayne Morgan. Source: Tuscaloosa VA Center video

An east Alabama man accused of trying to hire an undercover FBI agent to kill his neighbor was sentenced Monday.

Allen Wayne Morgan pleaded guilty to trying to hire the agent, whom he thought was a KKK member, to kill his black neighbor.

Officials testified Monday during a four-hour hearing that Morgan has been diagnosed with PTSD and poly-substance dependence.

The U.S. Prosecutor says Morgan was offered a 9 to 12 month impatient treatment program but Morgan refused the deal.

Morgan's attorney asked  the judge for a sentence of 5 years and after that, supervised release. Morgan will serve six years in prison and three years of supervised release.

"I can never say that I'm happy when a client of mine goes to prison but based on what was presented to the judge, I think that the sentence that my client received was fair," Morgan's attorney, Glennon Threatt, said.

Morgan testified that he accepted responsibility for his actions and said he is not a racist person. He says that the undercover agent saved his life by arresting him. He said that he has been a drug addict for many years and had been praying for help.

Judge Karen Bowdre says that Morgan's diagnoses of substance abuse and PTSD was a factor in her sentencing. She says he wants to make sure he is enrolled in a dual-diagnoses program while in prison to treat his problems.

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