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Man who wanted ex-wife’s boyfriend killed pleads guilty

DAVENPORT (AP) — A Davenport man has pleaded guilty to trying to hire someone to kill his ex-wife’s boyfriend.

Scott County District Court records say 43-year-old John Cooper entered the plea Friday. His sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 19.

Prosecutors say Cooper had violated terms of a drug crime probation and been ordered in September to complete probation programming at the Residential Correctional Facility in Davenport. The court records say a cellphone confiscated from him there in November contained a message asking a former resident at the facility to kill another former resident who was in a relationship with Cooper’s ex-wife.

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