A former Cleveland Clinic nurse accused of trying to hire an emergency room patient to kill a woman pleaded guilty Thursday in a murder-for-hire plot.
Andrew Martin, 23, changed his plea in federal court, admitting to a charge of using a phone to further the plot. He had been accused of using a cellphone to discuss the plan.
Authorities say Martin offered $10,000 to an ER patient to kill a woman in a dispute over ownership of her deceased brother's home.
The patient tipped off police that he had been asked by a nurse if he "ever killed anyone," investigators said.
The woman was not harmed and Martin was arrested in November and pleaded not guilty a month later. The Cleveland Clinic said that he was no longer employed there as of late December.
Martin, of Bristolville, about 50 miles east of Cleveland, also admitted to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and trying to obtain private medical records.