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Preston, MN (KROC-AM News) - A plea agreement was reached today in a case involving the drug overdose death of a Chatfield teenager.

22-year-old Nelson Soro, who now has a Minneapolis address, admitted to a third-degree murder charge stemming from the death of a 17-year-old boy. In exchange for the guilty plea, three felony drug charges against Soro were dismissed.

He was accused of supplying Percocet pills laced with fentanyl that resulted in the fatal overdose. The criminal complaint says the victim had purchased the pills from Soro in Rochester the night before he was found dead in his mother's apartment on April 5, 2010. An autopsy later blamed the teenager's death on the "toxic effects of fentanyl."


Soro also entered a guilty plea to a felony charge of simple robbery and a misdemeanor count of fifth-degree assault through a plea agreement that led to the dismissal of two other felony charges, including first-degree aggravated robbery. He was accused of robbing and assaulting a Chatfield man and woman in late November 2020. The victim in the case told Chatfield police Soro had taken $2400 while visiting this apartment and then punched him and his girlfriend when they attempted to stop him from leaving with the cash.

Under the terms of the plea agreements, Soro will receive a stayed prison sentence of just over 10 years. Even though the prison time is stayed, he will be required to spend one year in jail after completing a chemical dependency treatment program.

Soro, who lived in Austin at the time, was previously sentenced to probation for his involvement in a home invasion in Rochester in 2019. The then 19-year-old Nelson and two other teenagers were arrested a few hours after a group of people with guns barged into a southeast Rochester apartment and assaulted one of the occupants.

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