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Man convicted in abortion doctor plot sentenced to 20 years

Published On: Aug 02 2013 10:11:50 AM CDT
Updated On: Aug 02 2013 10:25:00 AM CDT

MADISON, Wis. -

A Marshfield man accused of plotting to kill doctors who provide abortions in Madison was sentenced in Dane County Court on Friday to 10 years in prison and 10 years extended supervision.

In May, a Dane County jury found Ralph Lang, 65, guilty of attempted first-degree intentional homicide.

Lang declined to speak at sentencing.

Lang, 65, was plotting to kill a doctor at the Planned Parenthood clinic on Madison's East Side in May 2011, according to prosecutors.

In his testimony at trial, Lang called abortion "intrinsically wrong" and "evil."

Lang admitted to traveling to Madison at least 10 times over the past three years looking to kill doctors who perform abortion procedures.

Lang said he came to Madison hoping to stop evil so that women would no longer go to hell because of an abortion. "I was hoping to go out to the abortion center and find the abortionist and end his life," said Lang.

Lang also admitted he told police he wanted to use a machine gun to kill all abortionists.

Lang said he was practicing loading and unloading his gun so he could kill an abortionist before his gun went off. He was arrested at an east side motel and no one was hurt.

Lang also faces federal charges of attempting to injure people involved in a federally funded program.

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