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Man convicted of plotting to kill Minn. prosecutor


FARIBAULT, Minn. (AP) - A jury has convicted a man of conspiring to kill Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom.

The Rice County jury convicted John Woodward Friday. Jurors acquitted Woodward of conspiracy to commit assault against a woman.

Prosecutors alleged Woodward hatched a revenge plot while he was in prison on a drug conviction.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press ( reports Woodward was convicted of trying to pay a fellow inmate to kill Backstrom, Woodward's former neighbor. Woodward's plot was foiled when the inmate told prison officials and agreed to wear a recording device.

Earlier, a judge dismissed a charge that alleged Woodward tried to pay to have the judge who sentenced him on the drug conviction killed. He was acquitted of trying to have a woman who testified against him maimed with a baseball bat.


Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press,

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