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Bemidji man sentenced in attempted murder case

Travis Paquette

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.

Crystal Dey
Crystal Dey covers crime, courts, tribal relations and social issues for The Bemidji Pioneer in Bemidji, Minnesota. Originally from Minnesota’s Iron Range, Dey has worked for the Echo Press in Alexandria, Minnesota, The Forum in Fargo, North Dakota, The Tampa Tribune in Tampa, Florida, the Hartford Courant in Hartford and West Hartford News in West Hartford, Connecticut. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Crystal Dey on Twitter @Crystal_Dey.
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