Cass Lake, MN Man Sentenced for Attempted Murder

By KBJR News 1

Cass Lake, MN Man Sentenced for Attempted Murder

July 10, 2012 Updated Jul 10, 2012 at 9:43 PM CDT

Cass Lake, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - A 25-year-old Cass Lake, MN man learned his punishment attempted murder and burglary in court on Monday.

A criminal complaint states John Lutgen tried to kill a man because he was infatuated with his wife, who he had talked to online.

Authorities say Lutgen broke into the home on December 23rd while the two were sleeping early this morning and tried killing the husband by hitting him with a piece of wood and kicking him, all while allegedly yelling "die."

The suspect told the wife he believed the victim was an unfit father and husband and asked for assistance in killing him.

The victim suffered a fractured skull and bleeding in the brain.

Lutgen was ordered to serve 90 months for Attempted Murder in the 3rd Degree and 18 months in Burglary in the 1st Degree.

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