Man Pleads Guilty to St. Louis Park Heroin Overdose

Man Pleads Guilty to St. Louis Park Heroin Overdose Photo: KSTP

March 13, 2018 05:38 PM

A Minneapolis man pleaded guilty to one charge after authorities say he sold heroin, which killed a 23-year-old in St. Louis Park last year.

Zachary Gontard pleaded guilty to Tuesday to one count of second-degree manslaughter, according to court records.


Gontard will be sentenced May 16.

RELATED: Minneapolis Man Charged with Murder Related to Heroin Overdose

According to the criminal complaint, St. Louis Park police responded to an apartment at 4000 block of Minnetonka Boulevard on May 23 where parents had gone to check on their son, whom they had not heard from in two days. There, they found a 23-year-old man lying dead on his bathroom floor.

The complaint states an autopsy determined he died from a mix of heroin and fentanyl.

Further investigation allegedly turned up a series of phone contacts between Gontard and the man who died. Surveillance footage is reported to show Gontard meeting with someone, apparently buying heroin on May 19 at the Camden Tavern and Grill on Lyndale Avenue.

Not long after that, footage allegedly shows Gontard meeting with the man who died.


Ben Rodgers

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