A Villa Ridge man was sentenced last month to five years in prison for drug possession in connection to a fatal drug overdose late last year.
Vincent J. Bandermann, 21, pleaded guilty in October to possession of a controlled substance.
According to Franklin County Prosecutor Bob Parks, the state dismissed a second-degree murder charge against Bandermann when he agreed to plead guilty to the possession charge.
Bandermann, along with Matthew A. Danter, 26, was charged in the death of Joseph Garrett, 25, Pacific.
The charges stem from overdoses that occurred over the Christmas 2016 weekend.
In addition to the fatal overdose, two other people, including Bandermann, overdosed on heroin purchased over the weekend from a dealer allegedly in the Fenton area, authorities said.
Those two overdose victims recovered. All three overdoses occurred between Sunday night, Dec. 25, and early Monday, Dec. 26, at a home on Madison Court, off Rock Bridge Road, in Villa Ridge.
“There were a whole bunch of people in the house,” Parks said. “It would have been murky to prove.”
Danter was sentenced to eight years in prison Sept. 15 on the charge of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute.
On Christmas night, Bandermann allegedly stole money from another person at a different residence. Authorities are continuing to investigate that theft incident.
After that, Bandermann, Garrett and Danter allegedly drove to St. Louis County and purchased $200 worth of heroin, according to investigators.
They returned to the Madison Court home where they allegedly used the heroin and fell asleep.
Garrett apparently got up and used some more heroin, overdosed and apparently died, authorities said.
Investigators searched the home and found a syringe and 21 capsules containing heroin, authorities said.