Gregory Hess
Gregory Hess

The saga that is the murder-for-hire plots allegedly orchestrated by Gregory Allen Hess reached its third chapter Tuesday when state police filed new, similar charges against Hess and two co-defendants.

Police allege Hess, 47, is behind a plan to have a confidential police informant, who gave troopers information about a previous murder-for-hire plot, killed.

This is the third time Hess, who is in York County Prison on a combined $20 million bail for two prior solicitation to commit murder charges, has been charged with the same offense in as many months.

In the most recent case, Hess allegedly instructed his son, Toby Allen Hess, 18, to withdraw money from the elder Hess' bank account and get it to York County Prison inmate Deansae Keawon Bryant, 29, of York City as payment to have the informant, known as informant 2, killed, according to Toby Hess' charging documents.

Toby Hess
Toby Hess

New charges: All three men are charged with solicitation to commit homicide, conspiracy to commit homicide and criminal use of a communication facility, according to the York County District Attorney's Office.

Both Gregory Hess and Bryant are in York County Prison in lieu of bail from previous charges.

Toby Hess, who was arrested Monday night, is on house arrest after posting $100,000 bail, the district attorney's office said. He was previously charged in another murder-for-hire plot.

Attorney Farley Holt, who's representing Gregory Hess in the first murder-for-hire case, said he was "flabbergasted" by the number of charges brought against his client.

"On behalf of my client, at this time, I am utterly speechless," he said. Holt also questioned the validity of the most recent charges.

The attorney representing Gregory Hess in the second murder-for-hire plot could not be reached for comment Tuesday night, nor could Toby Hess' listed attorney.

It is not known if Bryant has retained an attorney.

Allegations: Gregory Hess, with his son acting as a middleman, arranged to pay Bryant $20,000 to make sure informant 2 "did not show up to court," Toby Hess' documents state.

Deansae Keawon Bryant
Deansae Keawon Bryant

The Hesses, who have a last known address in the 1900 block of Hoff Road in North Codorus Township, did a "test run" to pay Bryant in which a portion of the $500 Gregory Hess had his son withdraw from the bank was deposited into Bryant's commissary account at the prison, documents state.

A second payment of $1,000 was to be made but that never happened, documents state.

Bryant has been in prison since May in lieu of $1,000 bail stemming from an institutional vandalism at an educational facility charge, according to court records.

Prior charges: The plots to allegedly have people killed began nearly three months ago when, on April 18, Gregory Hess was arrested on solicitation to commit homicide.

He is accused of paying an unnamed man, known only as informant 1, to kill Christopher Ward, who was involved with Gregory Hess' wife, Laurie Hess.

In the second case, Gregory Hess allegedly offered informant 2, who was a York County Prison inmate at the time, $15,000 in June to kill informant 1, from the first murder-for-hire plot, officials have said.

Informant 1 testified against Gregory Hess at his preliminary hearing in the case, saying Gregory Hess hired him to kill Ward.

Toby Hess is charged with conspiracy to intimidate a witness for allegedly taking a photograph of informant 1 during the May 9 preliminary hearing. That photograph was to be used by informant 2 to identify the target.

A preliminary hearing for Toby Hess is scheduled for Friday, July 25, at 10:30 a.m. before District Judge Richard Martin.

- Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com. Reach Nikelle Snader at nsnader@yorkdispatch.com.