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Cass Lake man sentenced for attempted murder

Cass County Attorney Christopher Strandlie reports that on March 2nd, 2015, Sheldon James Armstrong III, age 22, of Cass Lake was sentenced to serve 240 months (20 years) in prison for his role in an incident that occurred during the early mornin...

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Sheldon James Armstrong III

Cass County Attorney Christopher Strandlie reports that on March 2nd, 2015, Sheldon James Armstrong III, age 22, of Cass Lake was sentenced to serve 240 months (20 years) in prison for his role in an incident that occurred during the early morning hours of August 1st 2014.  A Cass County jury had previously found Armstrong guilty of 1st degree attempted murder, kidnapping, 2nd degree assault and theft of a motor vehicle.  

After hearing arguments from both prosecution and defense, District Court Judge David Harrington ruled that all of the offenses arose from a single course of conduct and therefore Armstrong could only be sentenced for the most serious count.  The Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines provides for a judge to sentence within a range of 178.5 to 240 months for the offense of 1st degree attempted murder.   

According to the criminal complaint, Cass County Deputies were dispatched to a residence near Cass Lake at approximately 2:45 a.m. on August 1st.  Upon arrival officers spoke to an adult male who appeared to be covered in blood.  The adult male indicated that two individuals had stabbed him multiple times and attempted to kill him.

The adult male told officers that he knew Armstrong from face book and had met him personally a few times.  

He said that Armstrong had contacted him and asked him for a ride from the Che-We gas station in Cass Lake.  

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The adult male stated that he picked up Armstrong and Paquette and they drove to a rural location where Armstrong indicated he was going to purchase marijuana.  All 3 parties exited the truck and walked down a trail.  The adult male indicated that while walking Armstrong tackled him and Paquette stabbed him.  They continued to assault him and stabbed him multiple times.  Armstrong and Paquette subsequently bound his wrists and loaded him back into his truck and drove away.  At one point they unloaded him in the middle of the road, backed the truck up and then accelerated at a high rate of speed in an attempt to run the adult male over.  

He advised officers that he was able to roll out of the way and escape by running into the woods ultimately arriving at the residence where officers encountered him.  The adult male was transported to a hospital to receive medical attention.

The vehicle was subsequently located after it had been driven off of the roadway near Cass Lake.  Paquette was arrested approximately 2 blocks away while walking away from the vehicle.  Armstrong was located and arrested at a nearby residence. 

Investigation of the case was conducted by the Cass County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the Leech Lake Police Department and the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Crime Lab.  Prosecution duties were handled by Cass County Attorney Christopher Strandlie.

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