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Sentencing postponed for man accused of attacking priest

January 30, 2019

TOWNER, N.D. (AP) — Severe winter weather has prompted officials to postpone the sentencing of a Minnesota man accused of attacking a priest in North Dakota.

Forty-three-year-old Chad Legare, of Alexandria, Minnesota, was scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday for the attack a year ago on the Rev. Robert Wapenski at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Anamoose. Authorities say the dispute involved a woman.

KMOT-TV reports that the court appearance was called off due to recent snow and extreme cold. A new sentencing date was not immediately scheduled.

Legare in November entered an Alford plea to attempted murder. That allows Legare to not admit guilt while acknowledging that evidence likely would convict him. The court treats it like a guilty plea.

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Information from: KFYR-TV, http://www.kfyrtv.com/

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