Park City man enters plea in hit man case
December 12, 2014
A man from Park City earlier in December pleaded no contest to a charge that he attempted to hire people to help kill someone who, the man claimed, had sexual relations with his girlfriend, the Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office said on Wednesday.
Dustin Ruffino, who is 45 years old and has a listed address on Monitor Drive, pleaded on Dec. 5 in 4th District Court in Heber to a charge of attempted solicitation of homicide, according to the Sheriff’s Office and court records. It is a second-degree felony. Court records indicate the charge was reduced from one that was a first-degree felony.
Sentencing is scheduled Jan. 21. A second-degree felony is punishable by a prison sentence of between one and 15 years and a $10,000 fine. Ruffino is incarcerated at the jail in Wasatch County.
In a release, the Sheriff’s Office said detectives working as part of a task force focused on drugs and major crimes were operating undercover in Wasatch County. Ruffino "not knowing they were law enforcement officers, solicited their help in murdering a man he believed was engaging in a sexual relationship with his girlfriend," the release says.
Detectives with the task force, known as the Wasatch Back Narcotics Enforcement Team, or BackNET, continued to meet with Ruffino as he attempted to draft them for the killing.
"Ruffino told undercover officers where to find the targeted individual, provided a down-payment and promised to pay additional cash once the victim was killed," according to the Sheriff’s Office.
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Detectives with the task force arrested Ruffino on Jan. 15. He was booked into the jail in Wasatch County. He remains incarcerated.
Ruffino’s attorney did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment.
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