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HEARING FOR CONVICTED POISONER DELAYED

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A hearing for a former Box Elder County constable seeking a new trial following her conviction for trying to poison her husband was postponed when a travel permit arrived too late.

Peggy Braegger Johnson was to have appeared before 1st District Judge F. Lanny Gunnell on Tuesday, but the order permitting her transfer from Utah State Prison to the court here was not received in time, a court clerk said.Braegger, 38, was convicted last year of three counts of attempted first-degree murder and one count of distributing a controlled substance.

Prosecutors contended she had tried to kill her husband, Danny Johnson, by giving him poison disguised as medication.

She was sentenced to three concurrent five-years-to-life terms on the attempted murder counts and a zero-to-five-year term on the distribution charge.

Johnson requested a new trial soon after her sentencing, claiming there was insufficient evidence for her conviction.

The Johnsons, who co-owned a bar in Willard, were granted a divorce last month on grounds of irreconcilable differences. They had been married for 18 years.