A Duluth man has pleaded guilty to aiding an offender for his role in covering up a March murder.
Kenneth Russel Johnson, 33, entered the plea in State District Court in Duluth last week. Authorities said he tried to cover up a murder committed by his girlfriend's son, Enrique "Ricky" Robert Giner IV, by obstructing investigators, providing misleading information and selling property stolen by Giner.
Johnson is scheduled to appear for sentencing on Dec. 3.
Giner pleaded guilty last month to second-degree murder in the killing of Bryan Alan Starnes, 27, and was sentenced to serve more than 25 years in prison. Giner admitted to stabbing and beating the man during a fight at Starnes' Lincoln Park apartment.
Giner admitted at his plea hearing to leaving the home while he knew Starnes was seriously injured and said he took a backpack, PlayStation 3 and hookah pipe that belonged to Starnes.
On March 11, a man called 911 to report that he might have purchased stolen property belonging to the murder victim, including a PlayStation 3. According to the criminal complaint, Johnson told the man that Giner had killed Starnes, and police were looking for the PlayStation 3.
The man told police that Johnson asked him to relinquish the PlayStation 3 so he could get rid of it before police could seize it. The man declined to do so.