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Some convictions reinstated in missing man case
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - An appeals court has overruled a Grand Rapids federal judge and reinstated some convictions in the case of a missing western Michigan retiree.
The decision Tuesday means Raogo Ouedraogo stands convicted of two conspiracy counts and will be sentenced for those crimes.
Ouedraogo was a researcher at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Prosecutors accused him of helping an old college pal kidnap 66-year-old Donald Dietz, who lived in Saranac in Ionia County.
Prosecutors said the motive was money. Dietz hasn't been seen since 2007 and is presumed dead.
A jury convicted Ouedraogo in 2011, but Judge Janet Neff threw out the verdict, saying the government's case was weak.
The main defendant, Rami Saba, is serving a prison sentence of more than 30 years.