AG: Mastermind of Palladin Club murders

 

A Wilmington hitman received two life sentences--plus an extra 45 years--for murdering one of his co-defendant's business partner and business partner's wife in an attempt to cash in on insurance policies taken out in the victims' names, the Delaware Department of Justice announced Friday. 

According to officials, Aaron Thompson, 34, killed Joseph and Olga Connell outside their Paladin Club residence in September 2013, following a plan concocted by Connell's business partner, Christopher Rivers. 

Connell and Rivers had taken out insurance policies on each other in order to protect their business. 

Thompson was convicted in June 2017 on two counts first-degree murder, two counts possession of a firearm during commission of a felony, and first-degree conspiracy. 

Rivers was convicted in April 2016 of two counts first-degree murder, two counts possession of a firearm during commission of a felony, first-degree conspiracy, and first-degree criminal solicitation. He was sentenced to two life terms plus 50 years. 

A second alleged hitman, Dominique Benson, is facing retrial on murder and weapons charges scheduled to take place in November after he was convicted of first-degree conspiracy while initially being tried alongside Rivers, but a jury remained hung on the remaining charges. 

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