Bemidji man sentenced in attempted murder case
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. According to court documents, 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.
Paquette pleaded guilty to first-degree assault and simple robbery on Jan. 16. Paquette was facing charges of felony first-degree attempted murder, kidnapping, second-degree assault and theft of a motor vehicle. Those charges were dismissed.
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. Armstrong was convicted of all charges on March 2 and sentenced to 20 years in the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud.