Hastings man gets 9 years for causing fentanyl overdose of woman in 2020

Hastings man gets 9 years for causing fentanyl overdose of woman in 2020
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A Hastings man was sentenced Thursday to nine and a half years for providing the fentanyl-laced heroin that caused the death of a woman in 2020.

Jason Michael Slattum, 42, was sentenced in Dakota County District Court by Judge Tim Wermager for third-degree murder. Slattum pleaded guilty last fall to causing the death of Michelle Cahill, 50, of Hastings.

Jason Michael Slattum

Slattum likely will spend a little more than six years in prison and three years on supervised release, per state law. He has been incarcerated since his arrest and was given 521 days of custody credit.

According to the complaint, in the early morning hours of July 11, 2020, Hastings police responded to a medical emergency at an apartment complex where they met a man who said his wife was unresponsive, according to the complaint.

Officers found Cahill on the floor, next to the bed unconscious and not breathing. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers found a brown, powdery substance on a plate in the bedroom, which later tested positive for containing fentanyl. Cahill’s husband said that the substance was heroin, and that he and Cahill had bought heroin from a man later identified as Slattum in Eagan on July 10, the complaint said.

An autopsy revealed that Cahill’s cause of death was “mixed drug toxicity.”

Slattum has three prior felony drug convictions on his record and one for prostitution.

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