Neighbor dispute led to hit-man hire |

Neighbor dispute led to hit-man hire

In 2003, one neighbor dispute in Nevada County allegedly nearly turned fatal.

Lake of the Pines resident William Weismann pleaded no contest to two charges of soliciting to commit murder after he was charged with trying to hire a hit man to kill his next-door neighbor.

Authorities said a property line dispute between Weismann and Tom Wess Jr. led to Weismann seeking to have Wess killed.

Court records showed conflict existed between the two from the beginning.

The Weismanns moved into their home in August 2000, next door to Wess and his wife.

Several days after moving next to the Wess residence, Weismann said his neighbor engaged in tactics including smashing car windows, using a blower to disrupt Weismann family picnics, posting menacing signs and installing cameras that focused directly into the kitchen of the Weismann home.

Lake of the Pines security police, the association’s Environmental Control Committee and the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office began to be called to the neighborhood on a regular basis.

Finally, in September 2002, the court issued restraining orders against both men, barring any contact or harassment. But the conflict didn’t stop.

Weismann was arrested after giving $5,000 to an undercover Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office deputy posing as a hit man. After pleading no contest, he was sentenced to five years in prison.

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, e-mail or call (530) 477-4229.

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