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Ponemah man pleads to involuntary manslaughter

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Ponemah man pleads to involuntary manslaughter
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

ST. PAUL — A Red Lake man pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to one count of involuntary manslaughter for striking a pedestrian with his vehicle while intoxicated in August of last year.

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Gordon Dean Johnson, 46, of Ponemah, admitted in his plea agreement that Kaishauna Thunder died after he struck her with his vehicle in a drunken driving accident, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Thunder was walking along U.S. Highway 1 in the early morning hours of Aug. 19 when she was hit by Johnson.

Johnson faces a maximum sentence of eight years in prison.

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Justin Glawe
Reporting on crime, courts and Beltrami county government. Follow me on Twitter @JustinGlawe.
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