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Published February 09, 2012, 01:48 PM

Man convicted of attempted murder for gun in court

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A man accused of bringing a handgun into a western North Dakota courtroom and unsuccessfully trying to fire it has been convicted of two counts of attempted murder.

By: DAVE KOLPACK, Associated Press

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A man accused of bringing a handgun into a western North Dakota courtroom and unsuccessfully trying to fire it has been convicted of two counts of attempted murder.

Vicente Chacano was found guilty Thursday of attempted murder of the prosecutor and sheriff who were in the courtroom on Feb. 4, 2011. He was acquitted on 12 other counts involving the jurors.

Chacano testified that anxiety, stress and illness played a part in the incident. He said he was in a hurry to get to court during his trial for child molestation and forgot he had the gun. He said he panicked when he realized he had it, and blacked out.

Prosecutors called Chacano's testimony a lie.

Witnesses said the gun jammed. The sheriff and prosecutor subdued Chacano.

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