Lancaster man accused of trying to hire hit man

November 3, 2010 4:25:53 PM PDT
A central Pennsylvania man accused of using a GPS device to track his ex-girlfriend's movements has been charged with trying to hire a hit man to kill her.

Lancaster County authorities say 42-year-old Lonnie Deppen of Ephrata was taken into custody Tuesday night after meeting with an undercover officer posing as a hit man.

District Attorney Craig Stedman alleged that Deppen started stalking the victim after she ended a relationship with him two months ago, even affixing a GPS tracker to her car. He alleges that Deppen then agreed to pay the supposed hit man $1,200 and even suggested the best time for the murder.

Deppen was taken to Lancaster County Prison in lieu of $1 million on charges including criminal solicitation and stalking. A listed number for him could not be found and it was unclear whether he had an attorney.