Second Murder by Meth-Head
Posted by Childress on May 27, 2006
This report in the Pioneer Press from Minnesota is purportedly about a murder trial — but there's much more here.
There are two people dead. There are two families suffering through this tragedy. And the sentenced man, now the murderer of two people, will spend his life in prison, away from a family that remembers the boy that was there before meth took over:
An Anoka County judge sentenced Joshua Allen Krueth on Thursday to 40 years in prison — the maximum penalty allowed — in the second-degree murder of Lawrence Plessel, a retired trash hauler from Ramsey. …Thursday's developments capped a roller-coaster saga for the meth-addicted high school dropout who now has two murders to his name.
Krueth, 22, pleaded guilty last year to first-degree murder in the Sept. 19, 2004, shooting death of Suzanne Fischer, a 59-year-old Ramsey nurse. The killing happened 15 days after Plessel, 60, was shot in the same small town.
Krueth is serving a life sentence in Fischer's murder, which carries a minimum term of 30 years. His sentence in the Plessel case will begin if and when he completes the other sentence.