Reporter | Federal Courts and Law Enforcement

Stephen Montemayor covers federal courts and law enforcement. He previously covered Minnesota politics and government.

A native of Kansas City, Montemayor lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two cats. He graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in journalism and enjoys camping, travel and a good beer.


As trial starts, Owatonna man pleads guilty to child porn charges, threatening to murder sex abuse victim

Michael Lee Kurkowski was arrested in 2022 while traveling to the home of a former victim, carrying zip ties and weapons in his luggage.


Ensuring those barred from owning guns don't get them comes down to 'honor system'

Shannon Cortez Gooden had been prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition for 16 years when he killed two Burnsville police officers and a paramedic last week.


Ex-Medtronic consultant convicted of insider trading; Twin Cities insurance agent acquitted

Doron "Ron" Tavlin was convicted on one count of conspiracy to commit insider trading and 10 counts of securities fraud and aiding and abetting securities fraud. The same jury found David Jay Gantman not guilty of all charges


Judge reduces record payout in 2017 police killing of Black man in St. Paul

A federal judge this month concluded that the City of St. Paul should pay far less than the $11.5 million a jury awarded the mother of a man shot dead in 2017.


Suspect in shooting of Burnsville officers and medic had violent past, lost right to own guns

Two orders for protection were filed against the man by women he shared children with. Authorities say the 38-year-old killed himself Sunday after fatally shooting two Burnsville police officers and a paramedic.


Federal sentences imposed in Minneapolis carjacking ring targeting Somali rideshare drivers

A federal judge imposed sentences of between 5 and 8 years this week on three Minneapolis men, with one more to come next week.


FBI arrests Redwood Falls man identified as alleged member of Nazi group

Before his arrest for illegally possessing ammunition, Andrew David Munsinger allegedly plotted to build unserialized firearms and talked about his "goals to support the white race."


Nine more charged in latest wave of Feeding Our Future federal fraud case

Newly unsealed indictments outline the charges against a group of relatives and a married couple running a Minneapolis grocery store.


Third man sentenced in August 2020 arson at Target headquarters

Outburst aimed at judge cut Wednesday's hearing short in St. Paul.


Nearly 7 years in prison for Twin Cities man accused of stockpiling for armed police conflict

Federal judge did not impose maximum 10-year sentence sought by prosecutors who warned River Smith posed "unique danger to the public."