2 Charged In Drug Deal That Lead To Death Of Montrose Man

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Two people are accused of throwing a Montrose man from a truck – causing his death – after they robbed him during a drug deal Sunday.

Noelle Ziegelmann, 18, of St. Michael and James Striebel, 18, of Howard Lake have both been charged with second-degree murder and simple robbery, both felonies, in connection to the Aug. 28 incident.

According to the criminal complaint, both of the accused drove in a truck to meet up with a man, identified as 18-year-old Justin Harvey of Montrose, to buy marijuana. During the drug deal, Striebel allegedly asked if Ziegelmann, who was driving, could smell the marijuana.

When Striebel had possession of the marijuana, Ziegelmann allegedly floored the gas of the truck, accelerating rapidly. A witness told authorities that he saw Harvey hanging onto the side of the truck before being thrown from it.

Deputies treated Harvey at the scene. He died later at Hennepin County Medical Center from injuries suffered in the incident.

If convicted, both could face up to 40 years for the murder charge and up to 10 years on the simple robbery charge.


One Comment

  1. Kally Waters says:

    They will plead to an 18 month deal of some sort, then out in six months to continue life of crime.

    1. Dan Mack says:

      Far less time than that. Life is cheap in Minnesota. A Buffalo woman has just been found guilty of killing Angela Pangelinan and seriously injuring her husband Michael. Braith while texting. No big deal. Just a misdemeanor.

  2. dmc says:

    i wish Minnesota would incorporate the death penalty. get rid of the trash not give it free room board and amenities on the tax payers dollars. they took his life they deserve to pay for it with theirs.

  3. hdmc says:

    What kind of dealer sells to strangers like that? you play with fire, your gonna get burned. Stupidity on all sides. Now just imagine if there were a store, a specific type of store that checks IDs and sells cannabis only to adults. You might never hear of stories like this again….

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