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Missouri man sentenced for stalking wife to Maine with machete, kidnap kit

Updated: 2014-01-07T13:52:56Z

— A Missouri man who drove to Maine with a car full of guns intending to kill his estranged wife and her boyfriend has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison.

Benjamin Lee, of Springfield, Mo., was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Portland to eight years and four months behind bars.

He was convicted in September of two counts of interstate stalking after a five-day trial.

The 52-year-old Lee was arrested in September 2012 after he was spotted driving past the couple's Limerick home.

Police say they found five guns, three of which were loaded, ammunition, a machete, handcuffs, duct tape, and other items in his car.

His lawyer says Lee only made threats while under the influence of medication he was prescribed for pain sustained in a car crash.

The Associated Press

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