Murder charges filed in Miranda Gosiak death

The Morrison County Attorney’s office has filed third degree murder charges against Keon Malone “Bird” Mangun, 29, of Minneapolis stemming from the heroin overdose death of Miranda Gosiak Feb. 28, in Little Falls. Three local residents were charged with aiding and abetting murder in the third degree and a variety of narcotics-related charges.

Tanya Ashby, 38, of Little Falls was charged with aiding and abetting murder in the third degree, controlled substance crime in the third degree (possession of heroin) and operating a disorderly house.

The complaint alleges that Ashby owned a house where drug use and drug distribution was allowed. Gosiak died in Ashby’s Little Falls home.

Brandon Bedford, 25, and Christian Dahn, 30, of Little Falls were each charged with aiding and abetting murder in the third degree, as well as three controlled substance crimes in the third degree; one each for possession of heroin, sale/distribution of heroin and conspiracy to sell/distribute heroin.

The charges are the result of a seven-month investigation by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. The complaint alleges that Gosiak spent the last hours of her life with Bedford, Ashby and Dahn. Bedford, Ashby and Dahn told police they had bought their heroin from Mangun in North Minneapolis the afternoon Feb. 27.

According to the complaint the three used heroin on the way back from the Twin Cities. They continued their use at the Ashby residence that evening. Gosiak arrived at the Ashby house that evening, stayed at the house that night and died the next day.

“Heroin is a killer drug,” said Morrison County Attorney Brian Middendorf. “And when it kills, we have an obligation to seek out and prosecute the person or persons who provided that deadly drug, from seller to buyer to distributor.”