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Posted: 6/27/2003 12:15:54 PM EDT
[url]http://www.kyw1060.com/news_story_detail.cfm?newsitemid=30432[/url] A Texas prosecutor says he doesn't think he's ever seen anything like it before. A Houston man has been sentenced to ten years probation for offering to strangle a depressed Wisconsin woman he met through an online suicide chat room. The Houston Chronicle says Frank Manuel was also ordered to submit to a mental evaluation and stay away from the Internet. Manuel had pleaded guilty to attempted murder in a plea deal. Prosecutors say the woman alerted police after meeting Manuel through the Internet chat group. She says Manuel had offered to strangle her during sex, dig a grave for her in a state forest, and bury her with a rose on her chest. Police arrested Manuel in January at a Houston bus station, where he was awaiting the woman's arrival. They say they also found a strangling device and yellow roses in his car. The woman said Manuel told her to sell her belongings and use several methods of transportation to get to Texas.
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