Conviction upheld in North Dakota murder-for-hire case

MINOT, N.D. - A New Rockford man convicted of trying to have his wife and another person killed has lost an appeal to the North Dakota State Supreme Court.

A jury found 50-year-old Alexander Lail guilty in August of 2018 of two counts of attempted murder.

A judge sentenced Lail to 12 years in prison last February.

Investigators say Lail offered to pay two separate individuals to kill his wife and someone else.

Lail argued there was insufficient evidence to convict, but the high court upheld the jury’s ruling.

Lail is currently serving his sentence at the James River Correctional Facility.