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Bayfield Man Indicted for First-Degree Murder

James Montano James Montano |  Photo: Carlton County Jail

Baihly Warfield
Updated: March 07, 2019 05:53 PM

CARLTON COUNTY, Minn. - A 33-year-old Bayfield man has been indicted for first-degree murder for allegedly shooting and killing his uncle. 

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James Montano allegedly killed his uncle, 57-year-old Andrew Gokee of Wisconsin Rapids. Authorities said he also shot at another victim, grazing his right ear. 

A Carlton County grand jury indicted Montano on the highest murder charge, which carries a mandatory life sentence. 

In addition to first-degree murder, Montano is also charged with second-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder. 

The incident allegedly happened in April 2018 at Montano's father's home on Kari Road in Progress Township. Gokee was found there with a gunshot wound to the head.

Montano is being held in the Carlton County Jail on $750,000 bail. 

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