Burlington man found guilty of soliciting murder

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GRAHAM, N.C. — A Burlington man was found guilty by a jury Wednesday of trying to hire someone to kill his wife and sister-in-law and burn their home in 2009.

The Burlington Times News reported that Walter Franklin Dickens, 73, was sentenced to five years five months and seven years three months in prison.

Dickens was convicted of two counts of solicitation to commit first-degree murder and one count of solicitation to commit arson. A solicitation to burn personal property charge was dismissed Tuesday.

The paper reported that the jury found Dickens to be affected by mental and physical conditions at the time the crimes.

He will get credit for the almost three years — 975 days — spent in jail awaiting trial.

Read more: The Burlington Times News.