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United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the guilty plea of SHELBY GENE BOSWELL, 28, to illegally possessing and discharging a firearm in a school zone. BOSWELL, who was initially charged on November 6, 2019, entered his guilty plea today before Chief Judge John R. Tunheim in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

According to his guilty plea and documents filed with the court, on October 18, 2019, BOSWELL knowingly and with reckless disregard for the safety of others, discharged a firearm on the grounds of Fond du Lac Head Start which is within a distance of 1,000 feet of the grounds of Fond du Lac Ojibwe High School. Because he has prior felony convictions in Beltrami County, Carlton County, and in U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, BOSWELL is prohibited under federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition at any time.

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office, and the Fond du Lac Police Department. This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), an initiative that brings together federal, state, and local law enforcement to combat violent crime. This case is also part of Project Guardian, the Department of Justice’s signature initiative to reduce gun violence and enforce federal firearms laws.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Andrew R. Winter and Bradley M. Endicott are prosecuting the case.

Defendant Information:

SHELBY GENE BOSWELL, 28

Fond du Lac, Minn.

Convicted:

  • Felon in possession of a firearm, 1 count
  • Discharge of a firearm in a school zone, 1 count

 

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United States Attorney’s Office, District of Minnesota: (612) 664-5600

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