Osage Man Gets 35 Years In Prison For Attempted Murder

Osage, Iowa (AP) – An Osage man accused of sexually abusing a young man and then attempting to kill him to keep him from testifying has been sentenced to up to 35 years in prison.

52 year old Mark Retterath was found guilty by a jury in August of felony attempted murder, solicitation to commit murder and third-degree sexual abuse. He was sentenced Monday.

Investigators say he planned to kill the victim, who was first abused as a teenager, with the poison ricin after the man reported sexual abuse to authorities.

Prosecutors say Retterath got the ricin idea from a friend, who’d seen it on the television show “Breaking Bad.”

Police say the plot fell apart when two men Retterath recruited to help him went to authorities.

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