A former corrections officer pleaded guilty Friday to trying to arrange a hammer beating of his estranged wife and her new beau.
George Gonzalez tried recruiting gang members for a beatdown he wanted to appear as a robbery, according to Brooklyn federal prosecutors.
In recorded talks and meetings from November 2016 to January 2017, Gonzalez, then assigned to the Metropolitan Detention Center, told the would-be attackers to travel to Florida and “take a hammer to the spine” and make the pair suffer “for the rest of their lives.”
Gonzalez had a court order requiring him to stay away from the woman he was divorcing after more than 20 years of marriage.
But it turned out the gang members Gonzalez was talking with were undercover federal agents. He was arrested in January 2017.
Gonzalez, 55, admitted to soliciting someone to carry out the hammer attack, as well as having .9 millimeter and .40 caliber guns despite the terms of a protection order demanding he give up his guns.
“I am sorry I committed these crimes and I am accepting full responsibility,” Gonzalez, a military veteran with active duty experience, told Judge Roslynn Mauskopf.
“With today’s guilty plea, George Gonzalez will go from supervising inmates to being one himself,” said Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue.
Gonzalez could face more than 12 years, but his lawyer, Edward Sapone, said he’ll push for probation.
Sapone told the Daily News his client was “a man who served our country in the military and raised three wonderful daughters. Some serious problems developed at the end of a lengthy marriage and he made some poor choices.”
Sapone said Gonzalez “has expressed to me extraordinary remorse.”
One of Gonzalez’s daughters, Kimberly, came to court and told reporters “I love my father very much.”