Philly businessman convicted in Atlantic City murder-for-hire case

A federal jury in Camden convicted a Philadelphia business owner today for arranging a murder for hire that led to a shooting in Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Ronald Galati, 63, was found guilty of all four counts in the indictment against him: 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 was convicted following a two-week trial before U.S. District Judge Joseph H. Rodriguez in Camden federal court. The jury deliberated for five hours before returning its verdict.

 “Ronald Galati hired two men to kill his daughter’s boyfriend outside his home,” said U.S. Attorney Fishman. “This reprehensible conduct has no place in in civilized society. We are grateful to the jury for bringing Galati to justice.”

The two conspiracy counts and the murder for hire count each carry a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison. The aiding and abetting firearms count carries a mandatory minimum consecutive prison sentence of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison. Each count also carries a maximum $250,000 fine.

A date for sentencing has not yet been set.

Philly businessman convicted in Atlantic City murder-for-hire case