Red Lake man pleads guilty to involuntary manslaughter

A 27-year-old man pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in a drunk driving case on the Red Lake Reservation.

According to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Gerald Johnson was driving while intoxicated in November 2021, reaching speeds of 90 miles per hour on a road with a posted 20-mile-an-hour limit before losing control and crashing into a nearby tree.

Johnson’s passenger died from her injuries.

Johnson’s blood alcohol content was nearly three times the legal limit at .224.

He will be sentenced before a U.S. District Judge at a later date.

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