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Man admits plotting to kill abortion doctor

Ralph Lang (right) walks with his lawyer, Eric Schulenburg, as Lang prepares to testify in his own defense during his trial on Thursday in Madison. Lang, 65, admitted on the witness stand he came to Madison two years ago intending to shoot and kill an abortion doctor. (AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, Ed Treleven)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Dane County jury has convicted an anti-abortion activist of attempted first-degree intentional homicide for plotting to kill an abortion doctor two years ago.

The jury of seven women and five men deliberated for two hours before finding Ralph Lang guilty. The Wisconsin State Journal reports the 65-year-old Mashfield man showed no emotion after the verdict was read Thursday.

The conviction carries a penalty of up to 60 years of combined prison and extended supervision. Lang will be sentenced in about two months.

Lang was arrested by Madison police on May 25, 2011, after he accidentally fired a gunshot through the door of his motel room.

Lang testified in his own defense Thursday and admitted that he was planning to kill an abortion doctor at a Planned Parenthood clinic.

Information from: Wisconsin State Journal, http://www.madison.com/wsj

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