Eveleth Man Sentenced in Girlfriend’s Synthetic Drug Death

An Eveleth man will spend ten years behind bars for giving his girlfriend synthetic drugs that caused her to fatally overdose. 

28-year-old Bryan Hodapp was convicted of third-degree murder and second degree manslaughter in January in the death of 21-year-old Krystal Wicklund, of Duluth. 

The incident happened on August 30, 2013. 

Authorities say  Hodapp gave Wicklund a  psychedelic drug known as 25I-NBOMe.

Shortly after Wicklund digested the drug, she began to vomit and suffer convulsions. 

She later died at the Ely-Bloomenson Hospital. 

An autopsy revealed Wicklund died as a result of a fatal overdose of the synthetic drug. 

Hodapp was sentenced to ten years and two months in prison. 

“It is my hope that this conviction and sentence sends the message to drug dealers in our towns and cities that the law enforcement community and the St. Louis County Attorney’s Office will vigorously pursue the prosecution of these cases,” said Assistant St. Louis County Attorney Gordon Coldagelli, “The greatest justice for the family of Krystal Wicklund would be the prosecution of this case to have a chilling effect on the distribution of drugs that are killing people in our communities.” 

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