|12/15/2017 12:14:00 PM|
Menne found guilty by jury, sentencing in February
The jury took only about an hour returning a guilty verdict Thursday this week, supporting charges of unintentional third degree homicide against Lindstrom resident, Alexander Menne.
Menne, 19, was tried in connection with the overdose death of Cameron Johnson, who was found unresponsive in his home on East Comfort Lake Drive, in December 2016.
The prosecution demonstrated that 18-year-old Johnson acquired controlled substances through Menne, that were the proximate cause of his death. State law requires that the substances were sold, provided, or given to the deceased by the defendant and were the proximate cause of death. The medical examiner ruled Johnson’s death an accidental overdose and following extensive lab testing the presence of various substances was identified. Included for the jury to consider in the trial testimony were furanyl fentanyl, fentanyl, The defense, over about two and a half days, worked to create doubt that the substances were identical to any that could be attributed to have come through Menne.
Sentencing will be in early February, based on findings from a pre-sentence investigation. Menne has been on conditional release, since his arrest around February 2016. He attended his trial wearing an electronic monitoring device.
Chisago County has brought three other similar cases and won convictions for third degree unintentional murder, by providing substances that a jury would find were the proximate cause of a death.
The first case was a conviction of Aaron Schnagl for Danielle Jelinek’s death tied to cocaine toxicity.
Morgan Pavey was convicted for the 2014 methadone overdose death of Samuel Manthey, 19, of Chisago City.
Lucas Cole was convicted (plea agreement) for the death in 2014, of Michael Darsow, who was 25.