UPDATE: According to arresting documents released this evening, while out on bail, Gregory Hess solicited a man, identified in the charging document only as CI #2, whom Hess had met while in York County Prison, to kill the confidential informant, known as CI #1, from the first case.
Hess knew the name of CI #1 and his home address. He also gave CI #2, two pieces of paper with handwritten notes with the directions to CI #1’s home, the name “Greg Hess”, a phone number and the name “Toby” and a phone number.
The documents said that Toby Hess’ 18 year old son, had taken a cell phone photo of CI #1 while he testified during Hess’ preliminary hearing in April. Hess told CI #2 the photo would be available from Toby for CI #2 to identify CI #1.
Hess was arraigned Wednesday afternoon, and the judge denied him bail.
State Police this afternoon arrested Gregory Hess & charged him with Solicitation to commit Criminal Homicide. The latest incident happened while Hess was out on 10 million dollars bail, awaiting trial for the same charges. We are told the arrest Wednesday is for a new incident.
Hess, the co-owner of Keystone Restoration & Builders Inc. is already awaiting trial on charges that he paid a confidential informant to kill his wife’s boyfriend, Christopher Ward.
This time Hess is accused of trying to have the confidential informant killed, who he allegedly hired the first to kill his wife’s boyfriend, and who testified against him in a preliminary hearing.
Release from District Attorney’s Office:
“This afternoon, the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Gregory Allen Hess of Seven Valley’s, PA and charged him with Solicitation to: Criminal Homicide. This is Mr. Hess’ second arrest for Solicitation to: Criminal Homicide in less than two months.
We would like to thank the following agencies for their help during this investigation and arrest. The Pennsylvania State Police, the Pennsylvania State Police SERT Team, the York County Drug Task Force, Springettsbury Township Police Department, West Manchester Township Police Department, York Area Regional Township Police Department, Northern York County Regional Police Department, Penn Township Police Department York City Police Department, and the York County Sheriff’s Department
Our office will make no further comments regarding this matter, as its time for the criminal justice system to do its work. We look forward to presenting our evidence at the preliminary hearing.”
FOX43 is working to get arresting documents and will provide updates on this developing story as more information becomes available.