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Man with Connections to Murder-For-Hire Plot Continues to Serve Plainfield Fire Department

Plainfield Police Department

Mark Horne, the man that a Plainfield mother and son were allegedly plotting to pay to kill the son's ex-wife, continues to serve with Plainfield's volunteer fire department. The mother and son,  Pauline Chase and Maurice Temple, allegedly had multiple conversations with Horne to discuss the murder and compensation. 

Horne is not a defendant in the case. Sullivan County Attorney Marc Hathaway said Horne is cooperating with investigators, but declined to offer further information. 

Reached Monday by phone, Horne said he’s known both Temple and Chase for years but declined to comment further. 

Fire Chief Bill Taylor confirmed Monday evening that Horne remained with the department. He said he had reached out to Plainfield’s police chief for more information on Horne’s involvement in the murder plot but had not heard back. Jean Temple, the woman allegedly targeted in the plot, serves as the fire department’s treasurer.  

Horne ran unsuccessfully for the town’s selectboard this spring.

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