Son of tribal chairman pleads guilty in Minnesota school shooting case
MINNEAPOLIS – The teenage son of a tribal chairman pleaded guilty Tuesday to a criminal charge for his role in shootings that left 10 people dead on an Indian reservation last March.Louis Jourdain, 17, pleaded guilty to threatening interstate communications, according to a docket released by a federal court in St. Paul.Two other charges – conspiracy to commit murder and conspiracy to commit offenses against the United States – were dropped.The docket, some of which had been blacked out, gave few details of the charge, saying only that Jourdain used a computer to conduct interstate communications that “could be taken by an objective observer as threatening” sometime between Jan. 1, 2003 and March 2005.Jourdain is the son of Floyd Jourdain Jr., the tribal chairman of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa. He was also a friend of 16-year-old Jeff Weise, who shot and killed nine people, most at Red Lake High School, on the northern Minnesota reservation before killing himself. It was the nation’s worst school shooting since Columbine.Jourdain was arrested a week after the shooting. His trial had been expected to begin in mid-December in federal juvenile court.Messages left at the office of Jourdain’s attorney, Jon Hopeman, were not immediately returned. Floyd Jourdain, who had maintained his son’s innocence, was not at his home, a person answering the phone there said.No sentencing date was set. In most cases, juveniles who are tried in federal court can only be held until age 21.