Cass Lake man sentenced for attempted murder
Cass County Attorney Christopher Strandlie reports that John Ernest Lutgen, 25, of Cass Lake, appeared in Cass County District court on July 9 to be sentenced for the offenses of attempted murder in the third degree and burglary in the first degree. Lutgen had pleaded guilty to the offenses on June 11. District Court Judge John P. Smith ordered that Lutgen serve 90 months for the attempted murder offense and an additional 18 months on the burglary offense. The convictions stem from events that occurred in the early morning hours of Dec. 23, 2011.