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Published September 22, 2009, 09:40 AM

Death sentence affirmed in Dru Sjodin kidnap case

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal appeals court has affirmed the death sentence against Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. in the kidnapping and death of University of North Dakota student Dru Sjodin

By: STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal appeals court has affirmed the death sentence against Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. in the kidnapping and death of University of North Dakota student Dru Sjodin.

In an opinion released Tuesday, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied the Crookston man's attempt to overturn his death sentence.

Rodriguez was convicted in 2006 of kidnapping Sjodin three years earlier from the parking lot of a Grand Forks, N.D., shopping mall where she worked. The Pequot Lakes woman remained missing for five months until her body was found near Crookston. Authorities said she had been raped, beaten and stabbed.

Rodriguez, a convicted sex offender, appealed on several grounds, but the 8th Circuit rejected his arguments on all of them.

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