PAINESVILLE, Ohio (AP) -- A man accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill a judge pleaded guilty, ending his trial hours after it started.
Just before the first day of the trial was to end Tuesday, Ronald Dudas pleaded guilty in Lake County Common Pleas Court to four counts of intimidation and one count of retaliation. He had been charged with 37 felonies.
Dudas, 50, of Mentor, could get up to 25 years in prison when sentenced Dec. 14, Judge Eugene Lucci said.
Dudas was serving time in a 2005 theft case when investigators said he plotted to have the Cuyahoga County judge who sentenced him killed.