ELYRIA — A Grafton man accused of paying someone to have another man murdered pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges.
Seljami Idrizi, 40, of Royalton Road, was charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit, promote or facilitate the commission of aggravated murder, according to an indictment filed in November. He also faced two charges of conspiracy to commit, promote or facilitate the commission of murder.
On Wednesday, Idrizi pleaded guilty to the indictment, according to court documents. A jury trial on the matter had been scheduled to begin today before Judge Christopher Rothgery.
Idrizi is scheduled to be sentenced by Rothgery on Sept. 19.
Last September, North Ridgeville police took Idrizi into custody after he gave $5,000 to a “confidential informant” believing that the intended target — a 43-year-old North Ridgeville man — had been murdered.
Idrizi made an initial payment of $1,000 to the informant and a second payment of $4,000 after being convinced the murder had taken place, according to the indictment.
North Ridgeville Police Capt. Marti Garrow said police worked with a local costume and makeup artist to make it look like the targeted man had been killed with a bullet wound to the head and took a picture as “proof.”
Police did not say what the nature of the relationship between Idrizi and the intended victim was other than that they knew each other and “one was upset with the other.”
The confidential informant approached police about the murder plot, according to police. Lorain County Prosecutor Dennis Will said the informant is not expected to face any charges in connection with the incident.