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After LaDue charges dismissed in Waseca, lawmaker considers redefining attempt laws


John LaDue had gathered chemicals and ball bearings to make bombs, kept a journal detailing his plans to attack his family and the local school, and stashed a loaded gun under his bed to kill family if they found out, authorities say.

But he never actually threatened his alleged victims, never pointed a gun at them and never brought explosives to school, so under state law, he couldn’t be charged with attempted murder or attempted damage to property.

Now state lawmakers are being asked to consider changing the law to allow for more aggressive prosecution.


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