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First conviction and sentencing in a drug overdose murder in Ramsey County

Monday, January 8, 2018  
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Man gets 18 years in prison for drug overdose murder.   

A man convicted of murdering a White Bear Lake woman in 2016 by injecting her with heroin and meth was sentenced to about 18 years in prison Dec. 19. 

Victor Wayne Lynch, 50, was found guilty by a jury on all counts for the death of Trina Marie Maurstad, 28, in November — two counts of third-degree murder, one count of second-degree manslaughter and two counts of fifth-degree drug possession. Lynch missed the jury’s guilty verdict because he was arrested for possessing heroin the night before in another county.

Lynch was found guilty of giving Maurstad a “speedball” of drugs at the Red Roof Inn in Roseville in 2016. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner reported Maurstad died “as a result of mixed drug toxicity including heroin and methamphetamine,” according to court documents. Maurstad was the mother of three sons, according to her obituary.

The conviction and sentencing were the first in Ramsey County for a drug overdose murder. Lynch will be incarcerated at the St. Cloud prison.

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