Man who tried to hire hit man to kill dad faces new charges

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man who has already served time in prison for trying to hire a hit man to kill his father is in trouble with the law again, this time for allegedly threatening a woman.

The Republican newspaper reports that 47-year-old John Platten faces a hearing Monday after pleading not guilty last week in Springfield to threatening to commit a crime and violating a restraining order.

Platten was scheduled for arraignment on March 19, but a court psychologist expressed concern about his competency. A judge recommended an evaluation at Bridgewater State Hospital and hospital officials found Platten competent for trial.

Platten was convicted in 2000 of trying to hire a hit man to kill his father, Charles Platten, who made an unsuccessful run for Congress in 1992. Charles Platten was unharmed.

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