More Charges Against Bourke
A federal indictment has been filed against James William Bourke, a 29-year-old felon from Braham, for allegedly possessing a semi-automatic rifle and a bolt-action rifle as well as methamphetamine for distribution. The indictment, which was unsealed this morning after Bourke made his initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, specifically charges Bourke with two counts of felon in possession of a firearm and one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
The indictment alleges Bourke was in possession of two Remington rifles on November 8, 2009. Because he is a felon, Bourke is prohibited under federal law from possessing firearms at any time. Bourke’s prior felonies include second-degree controlled substance convictions in
Anoka County in 2000 and Pine County in 2001. The federal indictment also alleges that on November 8, 2009, Bourke possessed and intended to distribute 50 or more grams of methamphetamine.
If convicted of the federal charges now filed against him, Bourke faces a potential maximum penalty of 10 years in prison on each firearm count and life in prison on the methamphetamine charge. All sentences will be determined by a federal district court judge.
Bourke remains in State custody on unrelated charges.
This case is the result of an investigation by the Kanabec County Sheriff’s Office, Pine County Sheriff’s Office, Chisago County Sheriff’s Office, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Nancy E. Brasel.