Buffalo man guilty in NYC music festival drug death

Posted at 3:16 PM, Dec 11, 2014
and last updated 2015-12-06 15:14:25-05

A Buffalo man has pleaded guilty to a narcotics charge in a prosecution that arose after an overdose death at a New York City music festival.

Patrick Morgan, of Buffalo, pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of conspiring to distribute narcotics.

The victim, 23-year-old Jeffrey Russ of Rochester, collapsed at the August 2013 Electric Zoo music festival on Randall's Island. He had consumed the drug Ecstasy, also known as Molly.

Authorities say Morgan had previously sold pills to other people. One person passed them around.

Prosecutors and a defense lawyer agreed to a stipulated sentencing guideline range. That makes it likely he'll face less than a year in prison on a charge whose maximum is 20 years.

Sentencing is scheduled for March 13.