HEBER CITY — A Park City man who tried to hire an undercover officer to kill his ex-wife’s boyfriend has been sentenced to prison.

Dustin Wade Ruffino, 45, was ordered Wednesday to serve one to 15 years in prison for his conviction of attempted criminal solicitation, a second-degree felony.

In January 2014, a Wasatch County sheriff’s lieutenant who was working undercover bought drugs from Ruffino. During the drug deal, the lieutenant was told Ruffino wanted to hire someone to kill the man who was dating Ruffino’s ex-wife, charging documents state.

After the initial meeting with Ruffino, the lieutenant called a sergeant working for a sheriff’s office on the Wasatch Front. The sergeant agreed to go undercover as “the potential hitman.”

When the sergeant met Ruffino, their one-hour conversation began with Ruffino “passionately describing the situation” with his ex-wife, her boyfriend and himself, the sergeant wrote. The sergeant said when he asked Ruffino how he wanted the situation resolved, Ruffino responded, “I want him gone.”

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