Judge denies defense motion for new trial in third-degree murder conviction

Keon “Bird” Mangun will be sentenced Dec. 30

Morrison County District Court Judge Conrad I Freeberg denied Keon Mangun’s motions Monday, Dec. 16, for a new trial and for judgment of acquittal.  Freeberg found there was “sufficient evidence for the jury to conclude that on the day 19-year-old Miranda Gosiak died, Bedford gave her heroin purchased from the defendant and she died as a result.”

Gosiak, Little Falls died of a heroin overdose the afternoon of Feb 28, 2012, in Little Falls

On Oct. 30, a Morrison County District Court Jury returned a verdict of guilty against Keon Mangun on a charge of murder in the third degree (heroin).  Mangun, 30, Minneapolis, sold heroin to Brandon Bedford in North Minneapolis on Feb 27, 2012. .

Sentencing has been set for Monday, Dec. 30, at 2 p.m. before Judge Conrad Freeberg.  The Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines call for a 134-month prison sentence.

The remaining defendant, Brandon Bedford, failed to show up for his September jury trial. Bedford appeared in Morrison County District Court Dec. 2, after being arrested in the Twin Cities area the week before.  Judge Leonard Weiler set unconditional bail at $1 million.

A pretrial for Bedford  is set for Jan. 15, 2014, before Judge Freeberg in Little Falls.