Irving man who claimed to be hit man sentenced in plea deal

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A self-proclaimed hit man who agreed to kill a man he believed was a local crime lord for $15,000 has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Sengchann Xayasith, 38, of Irving, also known as "C Man" or "China Man," pleaded guilty on Monday to solicitation of capital murder as part of a plea deal with prosecutors.

Xayasith was the focus of a narcotics investigation when he told undercover Fort Worth officers that he was a hit man who had killed several people for pay. After several meetings, the officers arranged for him to kill a man they said was a rival in the drug operation that Xayasith believed they were running, Tarrant County prosecutor D.J. Estes said.

"It sounds like something out of Dick Tracy," Estes said. "The target was a rival crime boss."

Xayasith was arrested in September 2011 after agreeing to execute the hit in exchange for $5,000 up front and $10,000 after the deal was done, Estes said.

Defense attorney Rose Anna Salinas of Fort Worth said Xayasith had a history of drug addiction and did not intend to kill anyone.

"He has been a drug addict in the past, and he had a desire to obtain some money," Salinas said. "He did make an agreement, a horrible mistake for him. There was never any intended victim."

Xayasith was convicted of possession of methamphetamine, a state jail felony, and sentenced to 60 days in jail in July 2011, while he was under investigation in the murder-for-hire case.

He had also been charged in 1999 with attempted murder in a 1993 shooting. The case was dismissed in 2000 after he agreed to pay restitution to the victim, according to court records.

Estes said the undercover officer who worked the case deserves high praise for sending Xayasith to prison.

"The undercover officer put a tremendous amount of effort into the case," she said.

Dianna Hunt, 817-390-7084

Twitter: @DiannaHunt

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