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Cody Connor

Man pleads guilty to injecting heroin into Fargo guitarist

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FARGO - Seth Lund pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Fargo to injecting heroin into the arm of Cody Conner last summer, heroin that killed the popular Fargo blues guitar player.

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Lund, 25, admitted he was in a Fargo residence June 6 with Conner, Nicole Wadsworth, 24, of Grand Forks, and Nathan Evenson, 27, of Fargo.

Because Conner disliked needles but was addicted to heroin, Lund injected a needle into Conner's arm, pumping heroin into his vein, Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Myers said Monday in court.

Conner died shortly after from an overdose of heroin.

The deal Lund struck with prosecutors is to serve seven years in prison for the charge of possessing heroin with the intent to distribute it.

The maximum penalty is 20 years.

His sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 23.

U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson told Lund he is not bound by the terms of the plea agreement in deciding the sentence.

Wadsworth and Evenson pleaded not guilty earlier this month to the more serious charges of providing heroin that led to the death of Conner, which carries a top penalty of life in prison and a $1 million fine.

Myers said Wadsworth and Evenson were responsible for bringing the heroin to Fargo from the Twin Cities.

Their trial is scheduled for Dec. 11.

Conner's parents were in court today and met with Myers after the hearing.

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