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CHICAGO–A 31-year-old Chicago man will spend four decades in prison for attempting to enlist the help of a hit man to kill a Cook County assistant state’s attorney.

Edward Carreon was convicted last month of felony solicitation of murder for hire. He was sentenced Monday to 40 years in prison.

The Office of the Cook County State’s Attorney says the murder plot came to light in February 2013. The office says Carreon talked to a fellow inmate about recruiting a hit man to kill an assistant state’s attorney who prosecuted and helped convict him of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old on numerous occasions.

Prosecutors say Carreon offered to pay $25,000 to an undercover officer posing as a hit man.