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Self-described 'soul collector' to plead

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FERGUS FALLS, Minn. - A 42-year-old self-described "soul collector" who tried to cut off the toes and scalp of a former mayoral candidate is set to plead guilty to an assault charge Monday, a deal ensuring between seven to 13 years in prison.

Timothy Eugene Peterson was charged in Otter Tail County District Court with attempted murder in connection with his alleged attack Jan. 8 and Jan. 9 on Ivan "Skip" Mallas.

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