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Ponemah man pleads to involuntary manslaughter

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Ponemah man pleads to involuntary manslaughter
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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.

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.

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