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Two plead guilty in Red Lake drug case connected to shooting deaths

ST. PAUL — Two men recently pleaded guilty in federal court to the distribution of heroin in Red Lake Nation that was connected to the death of two people.

According to a press release from U.S. Attorney Erica MacDonald, Bryan “Boon” Boardman, 25, of Minneapolis, and Franklin “Frankie” Jackson, 23, residence unknown, both pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute heroin.

In addition to the drug charge, Boardman was also convicted of one count of using a firearm during a drug trafficking crime.

Although he has not entered a plea yet, a third man, Kristopher Sullivan, 24, also was charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin as well as using a firearm during a drug trafficking crime.

The three men met at a trailer in Red Lake that belonged to Jackson’s girlfriend in the “early morning hours” of Oct. 21, according to the release. At approximately 6:30 a.m., “three armed, masked men broke into the trailer in an apparent armed robbery,” according to MacDonald’s release. Boardman fired eight rounds from a 9 mm pistol, killing two of the intruders. The third intruder was wounded in the leg but managed to flee the scene.

Earlier information from the U.S. attorney’s office identified the two victims as J.R. and R.B.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office didn’t indicate how much heroin the three men were distributing, and the office couldn’t be reached Tuesday for additional information.

A sentencing date has been scheduled for Franklin on Sept. 10. Public records do not yet show a sentencing date for Jackson.