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Vape shop owner with Kansas ties pleads guilty in murder-for-hire plot

Posted: 5:36 PM, Nov 06, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-07 06:00:47-05
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OKLAHOMA CITY — A 70-year-old northwest Oklahoma man has pleaded guilty to trying to hire his business partner in Kansas to kill a man in Oklahoma City.

Court records show Vernon Wayne Brock of Alva signed a plea agreement Wednesday admitting he tried to "conduct a murder for hire" plot to kill the unidentified man.

Prosecutors say Brock asked his business partner in vape shots to kill the boyfriend of a former employee who had ended a sexual relationship with Brock. The employee and the business partner are not identified in court documents.

Brock — who co-owns 17 Big E Vapor Shops in Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma — was arrested and charged in April after giving the business partner a $5,000 check during a meeting in Kansas.

As part of the plea agreement, prosecutors agreed not to pursue further charges in the case.