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Father of alleged drive-by shooter pleads guilty

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The father of Edward Halvorson, the 38-year-old Bemidji man who remains in jail on $1 million bail after prosecutors filed three charges, including witness tampering, for a drive-by shooting last December, has pleaded guilty to aiding an offender.

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Darwyn Michael Halvorson, 71, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Monday in Beltrami County Court to aiding an offender after the fact.

He faces up to three years in prison when he appears April 23 for sentencing. A pre-sentence investigation has been ordered.

Edward Halvorson's next court appearance is set for today. If convicted of first-degree witness tampering, drive-by shooting and second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, all felonies, he could face up to 20 years in prison.

According to court documents:

Around 4 a.m. Dec. 10, the Beltrami County Law Enforcement Center received a call that shots had been fired at a residence in the 3100 block of Mills Street Northeast.

Deputies met with the homeowners and learned the home had been shot twice. Deputies found bullet fragments which appeared to come from a .260-caliber rifle.

The homeowners told officers they had been subpoenaed for a jury trial involving Halvorson as the suspect. The homeowners said they witnessed Halvorson crash his vehicle in the Green Mill parking lot in July 2011. He was subsequently charged for driving while intoxicated.

One of the homeowners told officers he was concerned about Halvorson because a friend told him Halvorson was upset and did not want him or his wife to show up for the jury trial.

Darwyn Halvorson said his son came to his residence Dec. 11 and put a gun into the rafters in his garage.

Court papers also state:

Edward Halvorson's mother, 64-year-old Gretchen Catherine Swenson, went to the Law Enforcement Center on with her son and was present when Edward gave a statement to the investigator. According to complaint, Swenson failed to correct false information her son gave to the investigator.

Swenson has been charged with aiding an offender. Her next court appearance is set for April 16 and a pre-trial has been scheduled for June 26. If convicted, she faces three years in prison.

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Pioneer staff reports
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