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Graziano's Dad Arrested for Soliciting Hit Man

2/26/2009 4:40 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

john graziano: breaking newsThe father of John Graziano, the young man left in a vegetative state after Nick Hogan's 2007 car crash, was arrested today for trying to solicit a hit man to kill his estranged wife -- and cops say he tried to pay for it using a gift card.

According to police, Edward Graziano told an undercover officer posing as a "go-between" to a hit man that he wanted to have his wife Debra killed. Perhaps most troubling -- cops say Graziano wanted her killed in an automobile accident.

Graziano allegedly paid for the hit with $1,100 cash, a $1,000 personal check and a $13.06 gift card to Westshore Pizza.

The arrest is the culmination of a two-and-half month long undercover investigation by the Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigative Division.

Debra's attorney released this statement: "She is saddened by all of this. She can't believe so much tragedy can strike one family. Her main purpose is concentrating on John getting better."

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Dave    

THIS IS WHY JOHN TURNED TO THE HOGANS AS FAMILY SINCE HE HAD NONE! THE HOGANS TREATED JOHN LIKE A SON. HE WAS A BROTHER TO NICK AND BROOKE. THE HOGANS WERE A FAMILY JOHN NEVER HAD. ALL THAT CRAP IN COURT ABOUT ED MISSING HIS SON JOHN WAS A BUNCH OF CRAP. JOHN HATED HIS DAD AND VICE VERSA. THE MONEY HUNGRY KOOKS INCLUDING THE STEP SON WANT TO USE JOHN FOR THEIR OWN BENEFIT. KARMA HAS A WAY OF SHOWING UP . GOD BLESS JOHN.

1974 days ago
17.

Ashley    

Using a gift card to a pizza joint to pay for a hit on your wife.....Priceless!

1974 days ago
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I Will Take Being Born White Any Day - Thats Worth Much More To Me, #6    

They must have some pretty good eats at that there Westshore Pizza.

1974 days ago
19.

Maddawg    

You should have given the hitman one of my Hulk Hogan Knows Grilling Grills brother instead of a $13 gift card dude.

1974 days ago
20.

tlo    

PG, I hope the Hogan's don't put their scents on it. It's a stinky enough situation with out them added in.

1974 days ago
21.

lol    

#DOUCHBAG 5.... KISS MY FAT ASS

1974 days ago
22.

pie    

"Edward Graziano was arrested today in Pinellas County for allegedly putting a hit on his estranged wife." As David Hasselhoff stated when he was interviewed on the "Howard Stern Show," "either your married or your not." - What happened to divorce papers?

It’s funny how people can sometimes act like wild sharks in the ocean, only knowing sex, and am I hungry, and I want to get a hit man, or just eat your leg off.

Everybody has shark antenna, and wants to smell blood in the water so they can do a feeding frenzy. – That’s why the state needs to keep building those shiny new prisons, so they can keep feeding the prison system so everybody shark antenna is kept down,

1974 days ago
23.

Howard Robard Hughes IIV    

IF I had a dime for every time the mob tryed to WACK me off that way I`d be richer than dad was.Crotchy The Clown

1974 days ago
24.

hot snot    

you know, in a way it's funny. But it's really sad too. He OBVIOUSLY needs psychiatric help. he can't be on the level if he thinks a gift card helps pay for murder. Yikes

1974 days ago
25.

JOKER    

Amazing how many people try to hire a hitman and end up going for lowball figures from undercover cops. You get what you pay for. Lowball figures means that you are either getting a cop, or some dope fiend who will rat you out at the first opportunity. If you want a pro, find out where to go and have enough cash to pay for someone who will get it done right.. Otherwise, you might as well hang out at Dunkin Donuts with a "Bust Me" sign.

Final bit of serious advice on the subject: if you don't know what you're doing and your entire future may be in the slammer for messing it up, don't do it at all. There are always alternatives and most of them are legal. Find and retain a really good lawyer, or at least get one better than the opposition.

1974 days ago
27.

Anyom    

Said it before and I'll say it again, I never believed Nick should have been put in jail. How was it his fault that one of his pasangers wasn't wearing a seat belt? He wasn't the adult in this situation, so we shouldn't have expected him to act like an adult.

1974 days ago
28.

mike    

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MERRY XMAS, HAPPY KWANZA AND MOZLTOV NICK!!! YOU'RE OFF THE HOOK BRO... :)

1974 days ago
29.

dangimold    

WTH Joker?! Do we really need to give advice on hiring hitmen? You people are sick. How about just getting a divorce and moving on like a normal person? An eye for an eye makes everyone blind.

1974 days ago
30.

Boo Hoo    

All he wanted to do is kill his wife. he's not a bad guy. The Hogans are terrible they should all be in jail because Nick had an accident. The Graziano's are good all they do is try to kill other people on purpose.

1974 days ago
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