Ex-attorney gets 30 years for soliciting ex-wife’s murder

(JOLIET) A former Will County attorney has been sentenced to 30 years in prison following his conviction of soliciting the murder of his ex-wife.

Circuit Judge Daniel Rozak found 54-year-old Robert Gold-Smith guilty in March of solicitation of murder for hire.

Will County prosecutors say Gold-Smith offered to pay a fellow jail detainee to kill his ex-wife. Gold-Smith made the offer while he was being held on aggravated domestic battery charges involving his ex-wife.

A conversation between Gold-Smith and Brian McDaniel recorded at the jail was played during his bench trial. McDaniel also testified against Gold-Smith.

The domestic battery charges are pending. Also pending is a charge of communicating with a witness, which alleges Gold-Smith contacted McDaniel indirectly while the solicitation case was pending in an effort to sway his testimony.

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