St. Ansgar man faces 17+ years after admitted to distributing meth, leading to woman’s death

CEDAR RAPIDS — A St. Ansgar man faces up to 17 ½ years in federal prison after pleading guilty on Monday to distributing methamphetamine to a woman which resulted in her death.

The US Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa’s office says 42-year-old Eric Young pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of meth. At a plea hearing, Young admitted that he sold meth to a woman from Nashua for $90 on the night of her death and was present when the woman became unresponsive. The woman was later pronounced dead at the scene.

When sentenced at a later date, Young faces up to 20 years in prison without the possibility of parole, a fine of up to $1 million as well as a term of supervised release of at least three years and up to life.

The US Attorney’s office says the parties have agreed to recommend a sentence between 14 and 17 ½ years in prison to District Judge C. J. Williams, but the judge is not bound by that agreement.