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Montano gets life in murder case


February 28, 2020

A 34-year-old Bayfield man who was found guilty of murder and attempted murder last month was sentenced to life in prison Monday in Sixth District Carlton County Court.

In January, a jury found James Francis Montano guilty on all three of the charges against him: first-degree premeditated murder and intentional second-degree murder for the shooting death of his uncle, Andrew Gokee; and the attempted premeditated first-degree murder of his cousin, Hudson Gauthier.

Judge Leslie Beiers sentenced Montano to life in prison for Gokee’s murder, plus another 15 years for the attempted murder of G...

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