Man guilty in kidnapping plot
Midway through his jury trial, an Abington businessman admitted that he attempted to hire someone to kidnap and harm a suspected rival for his wife’s affection and two of the rival’s friends.
Paul R. Vangore, 48, of the 1400 block of Pepper Road, who reportedly owned Subway restaurants in the region, pleaded guilty in Montgomery County Court Friday to three felony counts of criminal solicitation to commit kidnapping with the intent to cause bodily injury or to terrorize another and one felony count of criminal use of a communication facility in connection with alleged incidents that occurred in November 2011.
Vangore’s guilty plea came as prosecutors were about to conclude the evidentiary portion of their case and in the middle of testimony from an undercover county detective with whom Vangore allegedly had incriminating conversations at a Cheltenham restaurant last year.
Other charges of solicitation to commit murder will be dismissed against Vangore at time of sentencing in exchange for the plea. Judge Joseph A. Smyth deferred sentencLQJ VR FRuUW RIfiFLDOV FDQ FRPSOHWH a background investigative report about Vangore.
“He’s admitting that the cooperating source and the undercover detective were asked by him to kidnap and to harm these three individuals and that he used his cell phone in order to accomplish that,” said Assistant District Attorney Matthew Quigg, explaining the nature of Vangore’s guilty plea. “The police work in this case was outstanding.”
Vangore faces a possible maximum sentence of 33 1/2 to 67 years in prison on the charges. Quigg vowed to seek a lengthy state prison sentence against Vangore.
Defense lawyer Brian J. McMonagle indicated he will seek a guideline sentence, which could include a county jail sentence, for Vangore.
“The decision was based on the fact that he never, never intended to kill anybody and once he was permitted to have those charges dismissed, the solicitation to commit murder, then he was willing to ac
cept responsibility for what he did,” said McMonagle, explaining Vangore’s decision to enter a guilty plea to some of the charges. “At no point in time do I think he ever wanted to or was capable of taking a human life here.
“He was angry, he was upset. He probably had a lot of pent up emotions that caused him to get to the brink of even thinking about getting these guys together and maybe beating them up but never murder. And once the district atWRrnHy’V RIfiFH RIIHrHd uV a resolution that didn’t include that, it was time to put this case behind him,” McMonagle claimed.
“He fully admitted that while he was in that restaurant that he requested of [the undercover detective] to get these guys together and maybe to threaten them to go back to India or threaten them with harm, but never to take a life,” McMonagle added.
Prosecutors originally alleged Vangore hatched a plot between August and November of 2011 to kill or to harm who he suspected was his wife’s lover and two of the man’s friends. The three alleged targets of the plot were former employees of Vangore, who reportedly is a native of India, according to authorities.
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