Grand Forks Attorney Charged With Conspiracy to Murder Confidential Informant

Updated: 01/31/2014 7:27 AM
Created: 01/30/2014 9:04 PM
By: Cassie Hart

A long-time Grand Forks criminal defense attorney was arrested Thursday and charged with conspiring to murder a confidential informant.

Henry Howe appeared in court Thursday afternoon for a bond hearing, according to ABC affiliate WDAZ in Grand Forks.

Howe allegedly conspired with two suspected drug dealers to kill an undercover informant in the drug case of one his clients.

Co-defendants in the case are Paul Lysengen of Minto and Wesley Wayne Smith of St. Thomas. The three allegedly discussed killing an informant in two drug cases filed last year. All three were arrested and appeared in court Thursday.

The charge also said Lysengen and Smith met to discuss "available options for luring" the female informant to a location, and planned how to drug her and make her death appear as an accidental asphyxiation.

Howe's bail was just set at $100,000. Howe has been a Grand Forks Criminal Defense attorney for more than 30 years.

He could face life in prison.

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Henry Howe
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