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Ocean County Man Sentenced in Murder For Hire Plot Against Wife, Daughter

55-year-old was upset his family would not bail him out of jail

Philip Florida (Photo: Ocean County Jail)
Philip Florida (Photo: Ocean County Jail)
A Beachwood man was sentenced to six years in prison Monday for attempting to hiring a hitman to kill his wife and daughter because he was angry that they would not bail him out of the Ocean County Jail.

Philip Florio, 55, had been incarcerated in the jail on a drunk driving charge in 2011 when he attempted to hire someone to have his wife and daughter killed, according to Al Della Fave of the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office. His plan was foiled when he conspired with an undercover officer he believed to be a hit man.

Florio, authorities said, wanted the murders to look like a botched robbery. In exchange for his wife and daughter being killed, Florio agreed to pay the undercover officer and another proposed accomplice money, jewelry, and a Porsche Carerra.

One of a number of reasons Florio cited for seeking the contract killing was that he was upset with his wife for not bailing him out of jail on the DUI charges, said Della Fave.

Prosecutors sought a sentence of seven years under the state's No Early Release Act. Judge Francis R. Hodgson, Jr ultimately imposed a sentence of six years with no early release. 

Florio must serve five years before he is eligible for release on parole.  He has been continuously incarcerated since his 2011 arrest on the original DWI charges.
The Captain February 24, 2014 at 03:34 PM
He sounds like a real sweet guy.
Danielle McSweeney February 24, 2014 at 03:49 PM
what a real winner..I smell a divorce in the works for him
Larry Cataldo February 24, 2014 at 03:51 PM
FATHER OF THE YEAR,,,, HE NEEDS TO BE UNDER THE PRISON!!!!
Deep Throat February 24, 2014 at 03:56 PM
Real dirt bag. If I were his wife and daughter I'd ask to be relocated with a new identity because unfortunately some day he will be out on the road again. Oh wait he will be rehabilitated by then. Yeah Right.
Don Spontaneous February 24, 2014 at 04:34 PM
he looks like a thumb
anonymous February 24, 2014 at 05:18 PM
Don -- we either share the same sick sense of humor or you are one of the funniest guys out there cause I could not stop laughing from your comment. Thanx for cheering me up. anonymous
April Lynch-Quist February 24, 2014 at 05:21 PM
I know the daughter he writes her from jail threatening her - this gorgeous young lady lives in fear every day !! Such a shame she has a dirtbag father !! She's am amazing young lady struggling to put herself thru cosmetology school and work he needs to put away for life
Angel Dejesus February 24, 2014 at 05:58 PM
If that was me I would have gotten 20 years what a double standard in our justice system smh
anonymous February 24, 2014 at 06:06 PM
He is a scumbag but don't short change the wife and daughter either....they're no prize either...
Sandy Anagnostis-Peace February 24, 2014 at 06:27 PM
wow!! white trash at its finest!!
Vee February 24, 2014 at 06:31 PM
Lmao@don... Time for wife and daughter to get firearms license if they don't have them already...
Nicholas Cage the II February 24, 2014 at 11:19 PM
April lynch quist does the daughter resemble a thumb at all ? Hopefully she took after her mothers looks . Don spontaneous good one you had me dying laughing : )
Nicholas Cage the II February 24, 2014 at 11:22 PM
I just drew a two eyes a nose and a smirk on my thumb held it next to his mug shot and it looks identical lol
John Cobb February 25, 2014 at 09:25 AM
What's his name? The pic says Philip Florida, the story says Philip Florio and some of you call him Thom Thumb????
DAS February 25, 2014 at 09:44 AM
Dic with ears!!
Glenn February 25, 2014 at 10:31 AM
April, tell his daughter that if she has written threats from her Dad, turn them over to the police and prosecutor's office. And watch his 6 years grow!
Catsfin February 25, 2014 at 08:26 PM
What a dumb f$&ck
grace March 07, 2014 at 05:07 PM
asshole, wow one thing to hate your wifr but your daughter..thanks for ruining her life pop!

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