Flugum pleads guilty to manslaughter in overdose case

Published 11:52 am Monday, March 13, 2017

Motion comes as part of a plea agreement

A 21-year-old Austin man charged with selling drugs to a 20-year-old who died from an overdose has reached a plea agreement.

Jordan David Flugum pleaded guilty Monday morning in Mower County District Court to second-degree manslaughter as part of a plea agreement after originally being charged with third-degree murder.

Jordan David Flugum

Jordan David Flugum

According to court records, Austin police responded to a report a 20-year-old man’s death at around 12:43 p.m. on March 27, 2016. They confirmed he was a heroin user and that he used heroin three days earlier.

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The victim had arrived at a relative’s house at about 9 p.m. the previous night, but he was falling asleep and showing signs he was not capable of riding his bike home. The relative walked him back to another relative’s home and told him he needed treatment, according to court records.

Officers located two capped syringes in the victim’s right coat pocket and two needle-track marks on the victim’s right, inner elbow.

The autopsy lists the cause of death as “acute heroin and methamphetamine toxicity.”

On May 2, 2016, officers interviewed Flugum, who said the victim contacted him on Facebook looking for heroin. The victim offered a 55-inch smart TV in exchange for the heroin, which initially he was going to pawn for cash, but the pawn shops closed at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Flugum asked his dealer if he would agree to the exchange and he did.

Flugum met the runner in Austin and said he didn’t recognize the runner, but Flugum and the victim loaded the TV into the runner’s car.

The runner gave Flugum about one gram of heroin, with a street value of about $200, which Flugum then gave to the victim.

The victim and Flugum then used heroin in the car. Later, Flugum reportedly went to a house in northeast Austin, where the victim showed signs of an overdose but recovered enough to go home. Flugum and another man reportedly took his remaining heroin and told him not to drive.

Flugum told officers he thought the victim used about a quarter gram of heroin on March 26. He also agreed with the small amount the victim had left, he would not need to use again until at least the next morning. Flugum said the victim also told him he did meth before exchanging the TV.

Flugum was taken into custody on March 27, 2016.

Flugum’s was the second case tied to a heroin overdose last year in Mower County this year. Ryan Allen Anderson, 24, was sentenced to four years in prison earlier this year for second-degree manslaughter, which he’ll serve with a concurrent five-year prison sentence for felony second-degree sale of a narcotics in a school zone.

Flugum was also charged with financial transaction card fraud and theft, both felonies, for allegedly stealing more than $13,700 from a relative in a separate 2016 case.

Flugum is sentenced to be scheduled on June 1.