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Teen admits role in fatal overdose case

WOODBURY, Minn. -- A Woodbury teen pleaded guilty Friday to her role in supplying drugs that led to another teen's death last year. Sydney Claire Johnson was one of five people charged with murder in the overdose death of 17-year-old Tara Fitzgerald.

WOODBURY, Minn. - A Woodbury teen pleaded guilty Friday to her role in supplying drugs that led to another teen’s death last year.
Sydney Claire Johnson was one of five people charged with murder in the overdose death of 17-year-old Tara Fitzgerald.
Johnson, 18, was 17 at the time of the incident and was charged as a juvenile.
As part of a plea deal, Johnson pleaded guilty in Washington County District Court to a controlled substance crime and the murder charge was dismissed. She was ordered to spend 18 weekends in a juvenile corrections facility, to perform 200 hours of community service and to participate in victim/offender conferencing. She was also placed on probation.
Criminal cases for two other juveniles charged - Alistair Berg and Brian Norlander - are pending. Berg is to appear in court Wednesday.
Two adults charged in the case pleaded guilty and were sentenced. Alexander Lee Claussen, 20, of St. Cloud, Minn., and Cole Alexander Matenaer, 19, of Woodbury both pleaded guilty to third-degree murder for their role in supplying the drugs that killed Fitzgerald. Claussen was sentenced to a little more than six years in prison, with credit for 100 days served. Matenaer was sentenced to one year in jail, with credit for four days served, plus 15 years’ probation.
According to the charges, Fitzgerald was found unresponsive Jan. 11, 2014, and died a short time later.

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