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Fifth person indicted in Red Wing murder

State News

A fifth person has been indicted in connection with the murder of a 26-year-old Red Wing man.

A Goodhue County grand jury on Feb. 25 charged Joseph Ramone Perkins, 103 1/2 W. Sixth St., with aiding an offender. The indictment became public Friday after he appeared in Goodhue County District Court.

The charges stem from the Jan. 20 death of Luis Orlando Galicia Mijangos, who was found shot in the chest while inside a vehicle stopped in an alley off North Park Street. Authorities arrested three teenage males they say were directly involved in the homicide -- including the alleged shooter, 19-year-old Marvin Todd Griffith -- plus two women accused of aiding Griffith.

Due to the secrecy of grand jury proceedings, it is unknown what role Perkins is believed to have played.

Unlike the other four people indicted -- all of whom could face life in prison if convicted -- Perkins faces a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a $5,000 fine if convicted.

According to a grand jury witness list accompanying the indictment, Perkins was one of 24 people to testify during the secret proceedings.

The only other suspect to escape life imprisonment charges is alleged accomplice Julian Smith, 16, who also testified before the grand jury.

Perkins also faces other unrelated charges, including allegations that he violated an order for protection stemming from a Jan. 25 incident. He was convicted by a jury in September 2007 of terroristic threats, criminal property damage and disorderly conduct.