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Buffalo Grove man gets 20 years for orchestrating hit from jail

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  • Mikhail Gelzin

    Mikhail Gelzin
    2011 File Photo

Associated Press

A Buffalo Grove man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for trying to arrange a woman's slaying while he was in jail for allegedly harassing her.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports 56-year-old Mikhail "Mike" Gelzin of Buffalo Grove was sentenced Friday.

Prosecutors say Gelzin tried to hire an undercover police officer to kill a woman while he was in jail in 2011 for repeatedly violating the terms of a protection order filed after a domestic battery arrest. Prosecutors say he offered the officer $15,000 but later negotiated the price to $12,000.

Gelzin is a native or Russia who allegedly told the undercover officer that he would flee the country after he got out of jail.

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