A 49-year-old Maryland man was sentenced to 10 years in prison Wednesday for participating in a murder-for-hire plot, authorities announced.

Melvin Taplet of Elkton was convicted in February of use of a facility in interstate commerce to commit murder-for-hire.

Prosecutors said that in 2008 Taplet had tried to hire a man named “Jay,” who was really a “government confidential source”assisting the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to court papers filed by federal prosecutors.

Taplet wanted to hire “Jay”to kill a female friend of his former girlfriend, prosecutors said.

In addition to sentencing Taplet to prison time, U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon of the District’s federal court also ordered him to steer clear of the victim after his release.