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Teen pleads not guilty in shooting


February 5, 2021

Joseph James Fohrenkam, 18, pleaded not guilty to second-degree manslaughter charges in the shooting death of his friend, 16-year-old Joseph James Peterson, in a virtual hearing held Monday, Feb. 1 in Sixth District Court in Duluth.

According to the criminal complaint, Fohrenkam was drinking with four other young men — Peterson was the youngest — in a parked truck outside a home on the 3600 block of Giiniw Road the night of Dec. 27. According to three witnesses who were interviewed by law enforcement, they were just drinking and talking, not arguing. Fohrenkam allegedly had a pistol, wh...

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