An imprisoned Inver Grove Heights man has been charged with plotting to kill a Dakota County Attorney, a Dakota County Judge, and to harm a woman who testified against him in court.
John Stephen Woodward, 47, offered another inmate $10,000 to kill his neighbor, Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom, Dakota County Judge Rex Stacey, and a woman who helped convict Woodward of selling methamphetamines in 2007, according to the Pioneer Press.
On Wednesday Woodward was charged in Rice County with two counts of premeditated first-degree murder and on one count of conspiracy to commit first-degree assault, according to the court document.
Woodward plotted to kill Backstrom in December with Oak Park Heights inmate, Thomas Jackson, and to kill Stacey next summer, according to the Star Tribune. If both killings were successful, then the woman who testified against Woodward would be attacked.
Woodward's release from prison was scheduled for May 2013 after being convicted of selling methamphetamines in 2007, according to the Star Tribune.
If Woodward is convicted, then he may face up to twenty years in prison.