Philly auto shop owner convicted in murder-for-hire plot

A federal jury has convicted a Philadelphia auto shop owner for orchestrating a murder-for-hire plot that led to the shooting of his daughter’s boyfriend in Atlantic City.

Ronald Galati now faces up to 70 years in prison, though a sentencing date hasn’t been scheduled.

The 63-year-old Galati was found guilty of conspiracy to commit murder for hire; conspiracy to possess and use a firearm during a crime of violence; murder for hire; and aiding and abetting the possession and use of a firearm during a crime of violence.

The jury deliberated for five hours before returning its verdict Tuesday.

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Prosecutors said Galati and an employee hired two men commit the shooting. The victim was shot multiple times and underwent emergency surgery before being hospitalized for six days.

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