The Minnesota man who pled guilty to trying to kill a North Dakota last year will be sentenced this month.
Chad Legare is facing up to 20 years in prison for attempted murder.
Investigators say Legare used a speaker wire as a ligature in an attempt to choke Father Robert Wapenski at the Catholic church in Anamoose last January.
Legare claimed the priest had sexually attacked his girlfriend and argued his attack was in defense of the woman, whom he said was fearful of another attack.
The judge ruled the self-defense argument had no merit since the woman was not present when the attack on the priest happened.
In November, Legare entered an Alford plea – meaning he doesn’t admit the crime but agrees there is sufficient evidence for a conviction.
At that time, Judge Donovan Foughty ordered a pre-sentence investigation in the case.
That report is now finished and Legare will be sentenced in McHenry County on January 29th.