On Nov. 30, a 44-year-old Minneapolis resident received an 8-year sentence in fatal drug overdose case.
Prior to entering a guilty plea in November, the defendant had been accused of selling heroin that led to a 27-year-old Edina man's overdose death in 2017.
According to the Hennepin County Attorney's Office filing in the matter, police had been dispatched to a residence in Edina on February 25, 2017. When they arrived there, they found the 27-year-old victim unresponsive in his room. The county's medical examiner later determined that he'd died from fentanyl toxicity.
During the course of their investigation into the man's death, officials determined that both he and a female friend had purchased the heroin he overdosed on from the defendant the night before he was found. A friend told police that she went with him to buy the drugs from the dealer -- and she never saw the victim again.
The decedent's father was able to read a victim impact statement in court during the sentencing hearing. He said, in part, that while they realized that his son made some poor choices, his death could have been prevented had there not been drug dealers on the streets. He expressed relief at knowing that the defendant was no longer out there selling drugs, but said that his son would still be missed.
Prosecutors preparing the case for trial reportedly determined that the defendant was routinely involved in transporting heroin from Chicago to Minnesota.
As part of the plea deal, the defendant received a 90-month concurrent sentence for attempted promotion of prostitution in addition to his drug sales and fatal overdose charges. He will serve a total of 100-months in prison for all crimes.
When you're charged with a drug crime, it's never a "small offense". Those with misdemeanor convictions may have difficulty procuring a professional license, landing a job or qualifying for a loan. Those with felonies may risk prison time. When your livelihood and freedom are at risk over a drug charge, you need to be represented by an attorney who has a history of negotiating favorable resolutions.