Timothy LaMere Sentenced to 10 Years in OD Death
Trevor Robinson died at Fridley's Unity Hospital after taking the synthetic drug 2C-E at a 2011 Blaine house party.
A judge sentenced Timothy LaMere to nearly 10 years in prison Tuesday for his role in the 2011 death of his friend Trevor Robinson, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
"I am sorry with all my heart," LaMere told an Anoka County court, according to tweets from Pioneer Press reporter Sarah Horner Tuesday afternoon. LaMere said wished he could turn back the clock, the Star Tribune reported.
The sentence is 117 months behind bars, the Pioneer Press reported, with credit for the 441 days he already served. The judge also ordered LaMere to pay a $1,000 fine and $1,765 for funeral costs as restitution, KSTP reported.
LaMere brought the synthetic drug 2C-E to a house party in Blaine in 2011 , leading to a mass-overdose and one death at Unity Hospital in Fridley. He pled guilty in March 2012 to third-degree murder, with a potential nine-year, nine-month sentence as part of the plea agreement. (That is the maximum under state law.)
LaMere told an Anoka County District judge then that he did not realize the drugs were not legal, according to the Star Tribune.
Robinson turned 19 years old just days before the March 17, 2011 party. He died at Unity Hospital at 2 p.m. the next day. That was 14 hours after Blaine police responded to a 911 call from a house party in the 9500 block of Monroe Street NE.
When time police arrived, others from the party had already driven Robinson about 2.5 miles south to Unity. A Fridley police officer gave CPR to Robinson at the hospital, according to Capt. Bob Rewitzer:
On March 17th at 00:49 one of our officers responded to Unity Hospital, 550 Osborne Road NE, on report that a person that had overdosed on drugs at a party in Blaine had been transported to the hospital. The officer found hospital security at the emergency department entrance with a 19-year old man that was not breathing. The officer assisted in performing CPR until the man could be brought into the treatment area.
Prosecutors charged LaMere with third-degree murder on March 22, 2011. (Read the criminal complaint here.)
The drug also sickened 10 others at the party. The mass-overdose incident also led to a mass-firing at Unity and Mercy hospitals. In May 2011, Allina Hospitals and Clinics fired 28 workers at Unity and four at Mercy in Coon Rapids for accessing patient medical records related to the overdose cases.