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Supreme Court rejects appeal in murder case


April 2, 2021

The Minnesota Supreme Court denied an appeal for a Bayfield County man who was convicted last year of murdering his uncle in Carlton County.

James Francis Montano was arrested in April 2018 for shooting his uncle, 56-year-old Andrew James Gokee, and injuring Gokee’s son, 38-year-old Hudson Gauthier, in rural Carlton County. Montano was found guilty in January 2020 on all three of the charges against him, including first-degree premeditated murder and intentional second-degree murder for the shooting death of his uncle.

Montano, 35, had appealed his conviction, with state public defenders...

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