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Man Admits Was Drunk Before Running Over Girl

A northern Minnesota man who already has a history of drunk driving on his record has admitted to being drunk when he ran over and killed a teenage girl last summer on the Red Lake Indian Reservation.

Ponemah resident, Gordon D. Johnson, 46, pleaded guilty on April 30 in federal court to involuntary manslaughter in the death of 17-year-old Kaishauna Sky Thunder of Redby. The incident occurred along Highway 1 on August 19, 2012.

In the plea agreement, Johnson said that it was around 3 a.m. when he was drunk and behind the wheel of his pickup truck, driving recklessly when he hit Thunder. She was walking along the highway.

Johnson now faces up to eight years in prison. His sentencing date has not been set.

His criminal history includes two other cases in Minnesota that involve three citations for driving with a revoked license and two drunk driving cases.

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