- Associated Press - Thursday, July 21, 2016

NEWTON, N.J. (AP) - Officials say a man convicted of kidnapping a Newton business owner remains in a coma more than a year after he suffered a heart attack the day after being found guilty.

The New Jersey Herald reports (https://bit.ly/29X5o6c ) the present condition of Douglas Stangeland was put on record during a court proceeding involving his attorney and Sussex County prosecutors on July 8.

Stangeland was convicted in May 2015 of conspiracy to commit murder, first-degree kidnapping, robbery and a slew of other charges connected to Jeffrey Muller’s kidnapping in a case of mistaken identity.

Judge William McGovern approved defense attorney Martin Morrison’s request that he sign a consent order that would allow both sides to obtain information regarding Stangeland’s condition.

Both sides will return to court in December to update McGovern.

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Information from: The New Jersey Herald (Newton, N.J.), https://www.njherald.com

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