Zubick sentenced to four years for overdose death
By Winona Daily News staff | Posted: Wednesday, October 7, 2009 3:05 pm | No Comments Posted
Douglas Bruce Zubick was sentenced to 48 months in prison for his role in the death of Jane Jay Christenson in 2008.
Sentence was handed down in Winona County District Court this afternoon.
Zubick, 47, pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter in August, admitting he gave methadone to Jane Jay Christensen, which created an unreasonable risk and contributed to her death.
As part of a plea deal, he agreed to spend four years in prison and cooperate in the prosecution of co-defendants Jeffrey Lee Frey, 48, and Harold Albert Skroch Jr., 45, in exchange for prosecutors dropping a third-degree murder murder charge. Zubick also pleaded guilty to five drug offenses, and three drug offenses were dismissed.
Sentences on the drug charges range from 39 months to a year and a day. All sentences will be served concurrently.
Christensen was found dead in February 2008 in an East End residence, apparently of an overdose of 100 milligrams of methadone, a drug commonly prescribed to recovering heroin addicts. Zubick admitted he gave Christensen liquid methadone in exchange for cleaning his apartment.