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Cass Lake man found guilty of attempted murder

WALKER, Minn. -- A Cass Lake man has been found guilty by a jury of attempted murder, assault, kidnapping and theft of a motor vehicle for his part in the stabbing and kidnapping of a man in August.

WALKER, Minn. -- A Cass Lake man has been found guilty by a jury of attempted murder, assault, kidnapping and theft of a motor vehicle for his part in the stabbing and kidnapping of a man in August.

Sheldon James Armstrong III, 22, is charged with felony first-degree premeditated attempted murder, kidnapping, second-degree assault and theft of a motor vehicle. A jury found him guilty on all counts in Cass County Court on Thursday.

Armstrong and an accomplice, Travis Richard Paquette, 18, of Bemidji, are accused of assaulting and stabbing a victim and attempting to drive him over with his own truck. According to court documents, a Cass County Sheriff's Office deputy responded to a report of an assault in rural Cass Lake on Aug. 1. The deputy found the victim sitting on a chair covered in blood. The victim identified his attackers as Armstrong and Paquette.

Paquette faces identical charges of attempted murder, second-degree assault, kidnapping and theft of a motor vehicle. Paquette has not yet entered a plea, his next court appearance is scheduled for Friday.

Armstrong is scheduled for sentencing on March 2.

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