Sentencing in murder-for-hire

A SOUTH PHILLY auto-shop owner convicted of orchestrating a murder-for-hire plot that led to the shooting of his daughter's boyfriend in Atlantic City was sentenced yesterday to nearly 23 years in prison.

Ronald Galati also will have to pay $15,427 in restitution and serve five years of supervised release once he's freed from prison.

Galati, 64, was found guilty last September of conspiracy to commit murder for hire; conspiracy to possess and use a firearm during a crime of violence; murder for hire, and aiding and abetting the possession and use of a firearm during a crime of violence.

Galati and Jerome Johnson, 46, a Philadelphia man who sometimes worked for him, hired two men to commit the November 2013 shooting, prosecutors said. The victim was shot multiple times and underwent emergency surgery before being hospitalized for six days.

Johnson and the two men who committed the shooting - Ronald Walker, 49, of Philadelphia, and Alvin Matthews, 47, of Brookhaven, Delaware County - each pleaded guilty to related offenses and await sentencing.

- Associated Press