A bone-headed Brooklynite who tried -- and failed -- to hire a hit man to take out his estranged wife was singing the jailhouse blues Monday when he was sentenced to two to six years in prison.
Gathering in Manhattan Criminal Court, Rockefeller Auguste told a judge that he was “deeply remorseful” for plotting to kill his wife just so he could get the wedding ring he bought for her back.
This plan, failed from the outset, prosecutors said.
In his search to find a reliable hit man, Auguste ended up confiding in an undercover cop posing as a paid assassin back in August 2008.
Auguste dug a deeper hole when, during follow up conversations with his hit man, he gave the undercover cop a samurai sword, a $500 down payment. He also asked the cop to kill his wife, then chop off her hand sporting the $27,000 wedding ring he bought for her back when things were better between them.
In the end, not a hair on the woman’s head was harmed. Auguste was taken into custody on conspiracy and other charges. He pleaded guilty last month, prosecutors said.
Harold Levy, Auguste’s defense attorney, told reporters that his client was “emotionally overcome” by financial problems, as well as affairs of the heart when his relationship went south and she filed for divorce.
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