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A former North Platte tattoo artist was sentenced to from 3 to 4 years in prison for attempting to have his wife killed.
Ronald Coon, 48, ran a tattoo parlor in Nebraska City when his estranged wife - Heather Coon, 31 – moved in with a 21-year-old former boyfriend of Coon’s daughter.
The love triangle angered Ronald Coon when he found out and he tried to find someone to kill her in February, prosecutors said. He ended up contacting an undercover police officer.
Ronald Coon was ordered to serve 3-4 years in prison and was given 246 days credit for time served.
Heather Coon and Jason Dewitt, 21, of Plattsmouth, moved into the apartment together after Dewitt dumped Ronald Coon’s 21-year-old daughter from a previous marriage.
Heather and Ronald were separated at the time.
Angry about his estranged wife’s actions, Ronald Coon began asking people if they knew anyone who could murder his wife. He offered equipment and supplies from his tattoo parlor as payment.
But in his search, Ronald Coon solicited an undercover police officer. Prosecutors said Ronald Coon gave the officer the location of the couple's apartment and exact details of its interior layout and instructions on how to get inside.
Lyle Koenig, Ronald Coon’s defense attorney, said his client never intended to kill anyone. He said Coon was just blowing off steam.
Ronald Coon initially faced two felony charges — conspiracy to commit murder and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Last month, he pleaded guilty to the reduced charge of attempted conspiracy to commit murder. The second felony charge was dropped in exchange for the plea.
When Ronald Coon gets out of prison, his lawyer said hoped ro resurrect his career as a tattoo artist and reconnect with his five children.