Last defendant sentenced in Woodbury, Minn. girl's sleepover drug overdose


The final defendant has been sentenced in connection with the death of a 17-year-old Woodbury, Minn. girl who died of a drug overdose at a sleepover last January.

Alistair Berg, 18, will spend 12 weekends in a juvenile detention center for his role in the drug sale chain eventually leading to the death of Tara Fitzgerald. His third-degree murder charge was dismissed. She died in January of 2014 after placing a paper tab on her tongue with a substance that she was told was LSD. It was actually a hallucinogenic chemical, identified as 25i-NBOMe.

Berg admitted he bought three tabs from Sydney Claire Johnson, who was sentenced in January. He then sold them to Brian Phillip Norlander and Norlander sold the drug to Fitzgerald a week before she died.

"Similar to the other defendants in this case, this defendant was held accountable for his part in this tragic incident. It is frightening that these young adults had no idea what type of drug they were selling to each other. Anyone who sells, shares, or gives away a drug is taking a serious risk as there are no safe drugs. My office will continue to work with law enforcement to investigate drug cases and educate the community on the dangers of drug use so, hopefully, we can prevent future tragedies," Washington County Attorney Pete Orput said.

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