Madison Police uncovers murder plot by mentally-ill man

CREATED Jan 18, 2013

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Madison police say a man with a history of mental illness planned to kill two people with an assault rifle he bought online.

The 20-year-old man was arrested Thursday. He's being held in the Dane County Jail.

Police spokesman Joel DeSpain says the intended victims were a 54-year-old woman and a 21-year-old man.

DeSpain says the man was acquainted with both.

He says an AK-47 assault rifle and ammunition were found in the man's Madison home.

The man's mother tells the State Journal ( ) her son had recently been hospitalized in the psychiatric unit at University Hospital.

Information from: Wisconsin State Journal,