BY GABE LICHT
BUFFALO, MN A Howard Lake man has pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter for his role in the dragging death of Justin Harvey Aug. 28, 2016.
James Daniel Striebel, 19, was initially charged with second-degree murder and robbery in connection with the death.
He pleaded guilty Nov. 7, and will be sentenced Wednesday, Nov. 29.
The driver of the vehicle, Noelle Angelique Ziegelmann, 20, of St. Michael, was sentenced to 41 months in prison in June after pleading guilty to criminal vehicular homicide.
According to criminal complaints, Striebel and Ziegelmann conspired to steal a quarter ounce of marijuana from Harvey near 500 First St. N. in Montrose.
When Harvey handed the marijuana to Striebel, Ziegelmann reportedly accelerated. A witness said Harvey hung onto the side of the truck as it was accelerating away and was dragged by the vehicle.
Harvey was badly injured and later died at Hennepin County Medical Center.