Electric Zoo 2013 Death Leads to Guilty Plea

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Avicii performs during Electric Zoo 2013 at Randall's Island on August 30, 2013 in New York City.

A New York man has pleaded guilty to a narcotics charge in a prosecution that arose after an overdose death at a New York City music festival.

Patrick Morgan of Buffalo pleaded guilty Thursday (Dec. 11) to one count of conspiring to distribute narcotics.

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The victim, 23-year-old Jeffrey Russ of Rochester, collapsed at the August 2013 Electric Zoo music festival on Randall's Island. He had consumed the drug Ecstasy, also known as Molly.

Authorities say Morgan had previously sold pills to other people. One person passed them around.

Prosecutors and a defense lawyer agreed to a stipulated sentencing guideline range. That makes it likely he'll face less than a year in prison on a charge whose maximum is 20 years.

Sentencing is scheduled for March 13.


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