Prosecutors: Man tried to kill witnesses against son

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A man faces federal charges of trying to hire a hit man to kill two other men, to prevent them from testifying in a murder trial.

Travis Caguana, 19, will stand trial next week for killing 18-year-old Dante Smallwood on the Southwest Side two years ago.

Federal prosecutors say the defendant’s father, Euripides Caguana, met with a man Monday, asked him to kill two government witnesses against his son by Saturday and gave him a $2,000 advance.

The hit man was actually a federal informant, and the father now faces murder-for-hire charges.

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