Man sentenced after trying to hire hitman to kill three people

Barry Eddleman, 54. (Photo: Midland County Sheriff's Office)

MIDLAND COUNTY -- A man who tried to hire a hitman in Midland to kill three people has been sentenced.

It was announced on Friday that Barry Eddleman, 54, had been sentenced to 25 years in jail for three charges of Solicitation of Capital Murder.

The sentencing came after a plea agreement was reached between Eddleman and his attorney and the Midland County District Attorney's Office.

According to a release, evidence shown in the trial revealed that Eddleman gave undercover officers a $4,000 cash down payment towards the murder of two people. Those two people were reportedly involved in a long-running business dispute with Eddleman.

Eddleman also wanted a third person to be killed. Eddleman had reportedly gone to that person to have them kill the first two people, but the murders never happened.

The release states that Eddleman was able to give the undercover officers specific details about the intended victims and asked for their deaths to look like accidents or suicide.

Eddleman was eventually arrested when he met with the undercover officers again asking if the victims had been killed.

The undercover investigation was conducted by District Attorney's Office Investigators and DPS agents.

"As a result of the hard work of District Attorney Investigators and DPS agents, Eddleman’s scheme was ended without any harm to the intended victims or their families," stated the DA's office in a release.

Eddleman faced five years to life in prison for each of the charges. He will have to serve at least half of his sentence before he can be considered for parole.

The case was prosecuted by Midland County First Assistant District Attorney Tim Flathers. Eddleman was represented by Arlington attorney John Stickels. The guilty plea was completed in the 385th District Court, presided over by the Honorable Robin Malone Darr.