- Associated Press - Thursday, January 30, 2014

GRAFTON, N.D. (AP) - The prosecutor in Walsh County has charged a Grand Forks lawyer and two other men with conspiring to kill a confidential informant.

Attorney Henry Howe, of Grand Forks, Paul Lysengen, of Warsaw, and Wesley Smith, of St. Thomas, were arrested Thursday on a felony count of conspiracy to commit murder.

The maximum punishment is life in prison.

Walsh County State’s Attorney Barbara Whelan says the three appeared in court and remain in jail on bond.

She says Howe has never been convicted of a crime. Lysengen has an extensive history of felony drug convictions and Smith has a record of felony drug and gun charges and is on federal probation.

None of the men could be reached for comment and it wasn’t clear if they had attorneys.

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