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19-year-old Bemidji man sentenced to 8 years in prison for attempted murder

WALKER - A Bemidji man accused of attempted murder for his involvement in the August stabbing and kidnapping of a man in Cass Lake was convicted of felony assault and robbery in Cass County Court Monday.

WALKER - A Bemidji man accused of attempted murder for his involvement in the August stabbing and kidnapping of a man in Cass Lake was convicted of felony assault and robbery in Cass County Court Monday.

Travis Paquette, 19, was sentenced to 8 years in the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud for first-degree assault and 18 months in prison for simple robbery. Paquette and an accomplice, Sheldon Armstrong III, 22, of Cass Lake, were accused of assaulting and stabbing a victim and attempting to drive him over with his own truck. A Cass County Sheriff's Office deputy responded to a report of an assault near Cass Lake on Aug. 1, where he found a victim covered in blood. Paquette and Armstrong were identified as his attackers.

Armstrong was 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 Jan. 8. He was sentenced to 20 years in the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud last week.

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