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Henrikson Enters Not Guilty Plea

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A man with possible ties to organized crime has pleaded not guilty to weapons charges in North Dakota.

34-year-old James Henrikson is charged with seven counts of being a felon in possession of ammunition and firearms.

Federal investigators had obtained a search warrant and found up to seven firearms and ammo in Henrikson's home in Watford City.

He entered his not guilty plea in federal court this morning after being arrested in Mandan mid-January.

Henrikson appeared with his attorney at his arraignment hearing this morning.

He waived the reading of his charges and when asked by the judge if his plea is not guilty, Henrikson said, "correct".

The federal judge says Henrikson could face up to ten years on all of the counts and faces fines of up to 250-thousand dollars per count.

Depending on some prior convictions, the U.S. prosecutor also says he could face enhanced penalties.

U.S. Judge Charles Miller scheduled a three-day trial for Henrikson starting on April first.

In a previous detention hearing, a federal investigator testified to investigating Henrikson and his wife for fraud and tax purposes.

Thomas Irvin says after Henrikson was arrested, he made a statement about organized crime to arresting officers.

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