'Methodical' police work thwarted man's plans to hire hit man to kill girlfriend

March 27, 2019- Commonwealth v LeRoy Vencak:  On March 27, 2019, following a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Michael Smith, the charge of solicitation to commit homicide was bound over to the Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas against LeRoy Vencak.  Judge Smith found that the Commonwealth presented sufficient evidence that Vencak intended to hire someone to kill his long-time girlfriend.  While awaiting trial for felony domestic violence charges against the same (former) girlfriend, Vencak was being housed at Dauphin County Prison.  It was at the prison that Vencak began and followed through on his scheme to get someone to kill her so she would be unavailable to testify against him at trial.  Detective John O’Connor of the District Attorney’s Office, initiated a plan whereby Vencak believed he was communicating with the “hitman” but, in fact, the communications were intercepted by law enforcement. 

Once the plan was uncovered, Vencak’s girlfriend was informed and moved to a safe house.  Chief Deputy District Attorney Jack Canavan stated that:

“Chief John Goshert and Detective John O’Connor did a great job methodically building this case while at all times keeping Vencak’s target informed and out of harms way.”