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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of Minnesota

For Immediate Release

Monday, May 17, 2021
W. Anders Folk
, United States Attorney

Convicted Felon Sentenced to 110 Months in Prison for Violent Incident During a Funeral Service

MINNEAPOLIS – A Fond Du Lac man was sentenced today to 110 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for illegally possessing and discharging a firearm in a school zone.

According to court documents, on October 18, 2019, Shelby Gene Boswell, 29, ran into a funeral service with a rifle and shot a person in the back of the head. The shooting victim was transported to the hospital and survived their injuries. The shooting took place 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.

Acting U.S. Attorney W. Anders Folk for the District of Minnesota made the announcement after Chief U.S. District Judge John R. Tunheim sentenced the defendant.

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.

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


St. Paul Field Division