Third man enters plea in fatal Red Lake drug conspiracy case

By: News Director Larissa Donovan

MINNEAPOLIS– The final defendant in a Red Lake heroin distribution conspiracy case that led to the deaths of two men has pleaded guilty in the federal court.

According to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, 24-year-old Kristopher “Blood Money” Sullivan” entered his plea last Friday, joining his co-defendants 25-year-old Bryan “Boon” Boardman and 23-year-old Franklin “Frankie” Jackson.

According to the defendants’ guilty pleas, Sullivan conspired with Boardman and Jackson to distribute heroin on the Red Lake Reservation in October of 2018.

Their drug dealing activities were interrupted in the early morning hours of October 21st when three armed, masked men broke into the trailer home in an apparent armed robbery.

Boardman drew a 9 millimeter pistol and fired eight shots, killing two of the intruders and wounding one in the leg.

No sentencing date for the three defendants has yet been announced. 


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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