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Brother of NHL Enforcer Boogaard Appears in Court

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The brother of NHL enforcer Derek Boogaard has made his first court appearance on charges stemming from his brother’s overdose death in May.

Twenty-four-year-old Aaron Boogaard did not enter a plea Monday during his appearance before Hennepin County Judge Regina Chu in Minneapolis. He is next due in court Aug. 17.

Aaron Boogaard faces one felony drug count and one gross misdemeanor count of interfering with the scene of a death.

Prosecutors allege he gave his 28-year-old brother an un-prescribed oxycodone pill at the start of a night of partying in Minneapolis that resulted in his death. State guidelines recommend a sentence of 21 months of probation.

Neither Boogaard nor his attorney commented on the charges afterward. Boogaard remains free on bail but must avoid alcohol and non-prescribed drugs.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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