Federal agents last week searching the home of a North Dakota convicted felon thought by police to have ordered a homicide on the South Hill last month found seven illegal firearms, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court.
James Henrikson, 34, is being held in Burleigh County Detention Center on a firearms charge. He was booked into the jail Saturday after a search by federal officials Jan. 14 revealed a gun safe containing several weapons.
According to federal officials, Henrikson is a 5-time convicted felon in Oregon dating back to October 2001. Because of those convictions, he possessed the rifle, pistols and shotguns illegally, prosecutors allege.
Henrikson was found guilty of manufacturing marijuana, eluding police, burglary, assault and theft, according to court records.
A federal judge set a Friday bond hearing for Henrikson at an initial court appearance this morning. He remains in custody.
Documents unsealed in federal court Tuesday indicate federal officials were also looking for evidence of “suspected financial crime” when searching Henrikson’s listed address in Watford City, a McKenzie County, North Dakota, town of about 2,500 people on the edge of the Bakken Shale oil fields. There is no mention of Henrikson’s suspected involvement in the homicide of Doug Carlile at his South Hill home Dec. 15.
Investigators have said they think Timothy Suckow, 50, was directed to kill Carlile by Henrikson. Spokane Police arrested Suckow last week after a leather glove left at the scene of the shooting contained traces of his DNA. He remains in custody of the Spokane County Jail in lieu of $2 million bail.
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