Justin Bieber dodged a bullet.
Actually, he dodged pruning shears.
A convicted killer in a New Mexico prison planned to have Bieber murdered and ... castrated. Ouch.
But for some reason, the alleged wannabe killer threw a wrench into his own plans, according to TMZ, citing a local news report in New Mexico.
According to KRQE News, convicted murderer Dana Martin -- who's serving two life sentences for raping and killing a 15-year-old girl in Vermont in 2000 -- recruited a fellow inmate at Las Cruces prison named Mark Staake to carry out the murder once Staake was released.
According to KRQE, Martin is obsessed with Bieber and even has a tattoo of Bieber on his leg. But he wants to kill him?
What does this guy do -- stay up all night yelling at his leg?
Staake and his nephew Tanner Ruane reportedly planned to kill Bieber in New York City last month, when Bieber was performing at Madison Square Garden.
Martin reportedly told police the plan was to kidnap Bieber and his bodyguard and strangle them with paisley ties, Martin's calling card. Ruane was then going to castrate them.
Nice guys. Remind me to send a holiday card.
But for some reason Martin blew the whistle on his accomplices, and police arrested Staake in Vermont on outstanding warrants.
Ruane made it to New York with a bunch of tools -- including pruning shears -- but according to the report, police arrested him before he could get anywhere near the pop star.