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Audio recordings highlight attempt to kidnap former Saline County State's Attorney

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HARRISBURG -- Audio recordings played in court on Thursday offer details of a murder suspect's plan to kidnap former Saline County State's Attorney Mike Henshaw.

Brian Burns apparently used code names with his cell mate and even talked about how much he would pay to have the job done.

Special prosecutor Matt Goetten's first witness was the former cellmate of Burns, Mark Stricklin. 

Stricklin testified that beginning in July 2016, Burns became obsessed with the then-state's attorney Mike Henshaw.

Stricklin said Burns attempted to plan the kidnapping of Henshaw in exchange of getting his original charges for murdering his wife dropped.

He said Burns gave him a letter indicating he wanted to have Henshaw kidnapped. Stricklin gave the information to his own attorney, who alerted law officers.

Investigators wired Stricklin on three occasions beginning in August 2016 with a final recording made midway through September.

Prosecutors played those audio recordings of conversations between Burns and Stricklin in open court.

Throughout several hours of recordings, Burns apparently made plans with Stricklin to hire a friend to kidnap Henshaw, using the code term "roofjob" to describe the kidnapping.

Burns indicated that the friend assisting in the "job" would get paid upon his release from jail. 

Stricklin cooperated with investigators to prevent the kidnapping. 

Court adjourned around 5:00 p.m. Thursday evening.

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