DANBURY, Conn., May 16 (UPI) -- Jeb Stuart Magruder, the Nixon aide who orchestrated Watergate and went to prison for it, has died. He was 79.
A Connecticut funeral home said Magruder, who was living as a Presbyterian minister following his prison term, released a notice explaining the politician-turned-preacher had died Sunday due to complications from a stroke.
Magruder was convicted of conspiracy to obstruct justice and served seven months behind bars, before being released in 1976.
In his 2002 book, G. Gordon Liddy -- who went to jail for executing the plan to record Nixon's rivals in the Watergate Hotel -- asserted it was Magruder who gave the order, saying, "[He] asked me whether I could make a second, unscheduled entry into the Watergate. I told him I could."