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Mankato, MN (KROC-AM News) -  A south-central Minnesota has been sentenced to a little over six years in prison for his involvement in a fatal drug overdose.

24-year-old Max Leo Miller of St. Peter was previously convicted of a third-degree murder charge in connection with the drug overdose death of a 21-year-old Mankato man in February 2021. According to the criminal complaint, Miller was accused of supplying the overdose victim with a mixture of heroin and fentanyl on the day he died.

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The court document indicates investigators examined the victim's cell phone and found a social media thread that included a conversation between Miller and the victim during which the victim requested to purchase some "H" in exchange for money and Xanax pills. The conversation thread included a photo taken by the victim of a line of white substance on a brown table with a caption that read, "Or bigger?" Miller responded by saying "Smaller bro" and "Be careful plz!"

Mankato Dept. of Public Safety photo
Mankato Dept. of Public Safety photo

Investigators then located a matching brown table in the victim's residence that had been moved while emergency responders were attempting lifesaving measures at the scene. They also located a small baggie containing the residue that tested positive for heroin and fentanyl. The Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office later ruled the man's death was due to mixed drug toxicity that included heroin and fentanyl.

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