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Murder-for-hire suit settled

The man who first reported a murder-for-hire plot to authorities has reached a settlement in his lawsuit against William Weismann, the man convicted in the case.

Lou Sans told Nevada County Sheriff’s Office deputies in 2003 that Weismann, a Lake of the Pines resident, had asked his help in hiring a hit man to kill his neighbor.

Weismann is now serving five years at the Folsom State Prison extension facility in Represa. The murder-for-hire plan reportedly stemmed from a long-running property feud between Weismann and his neighbor, Thomas Wess.



Sans sued Weismann last February for emotional damages. Sans “suffered severe anxiety and fear during the course of setting up (Weismann) for his ultimate arrest,” the lawsuit alleged.

Sans’ Auburn-based attorney, Timothy Jensen, said previously that Weismann is responsible for that distress because Weismann put Sans in the center of the situation.




The terms of the settlement were not disclosed in the suit, and Weismann’s attorney, Jim Roberts of San Jose, said the agreement barred everyone involved from talking about the settlement.

“It’s been settled to the mutual satisfaction of the parties,” Roberts said

In the suit, Sans sought at least $250,000 from Weismann.

“All I can say is it’s over with,” Sans said Thursday.

The settlement leaves only one remaining suit involving Weismann’s murder-for-hire plot – the one filed by his intended target, Thomas Wess.

The Wess suit alleges that Weismann called Wess a pedophile and child molester in April 2003; he trespassed on Wess’ property and punched Wess in the face in August of that year; and he sledge-hammered and demolished Wess’ rock-planter wall in July 2001. It also alleges Wess suffered emotional distress, invasion of privacy and defamation.

Weismann was arrested April 11, 2003, after he paid $5,000 to an undercover Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy to have Wess killed.

In court documents, Weismann’s attorney said Wess purposefully ran a loud leaf blower when the Weismanns had company over, called Weismann’s wife derogatory names, reported Weismann to authorities for no reason and threatened to kill Weismann.

The case is scheduled to go to trial in several months.

“That case is far from being over,” said Weismann’s daughter, Julie Weismann.

A judge dismissed a third lawsuit involving the murder plot last year. That suit was filed by Wess against the Lake of the Pines neighborhood association.

That suit alleged the neighborhood association’s failure to settle the long-standing property dispute with Weismann “was a substantial contributing cause” of Weismann’s solicitation of the murder.


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