Chisago Lake Man Found Guilty of Murder for Providing Drugs
CENTER CITY - A Chisago County man was accused of giving cocaine to a woman who was missing for months has been found guilty of third-degree murder, but was acquitted of concealing her body.
A jury convicted 31-year-old Aaron Schnagl after just hours of deliberations on Friday.
Prosecutors said he was protecting his livelihood as a drug dealer when he dumped Danielle Jelinek's body in a pond near his Chisago Lakes Township home after he provided her with cocaine.
Schnagl's attorneys said the 27-year-old Jelinek caused her own death after a night of drinking, drugs and sex.
Jelinek was missing for five months before her body was found in 2013.