Billings Montana, March 11, 2004
Plea reached in death caused by mushrooms
GILLETTE - A Gillette man entered a conditional guilty plea to a charge that he delivered hallucinogenic mushrooms to a teen who subsequently died.
Timothy M. Jelle, 19, pleaded guilty to felony delivery of psilocybin mushrooms in Gillette's 6th District Court Monday, but the plea is conditional based upon an appeal to the Wyoming Supreme Court.
Defense attorney Nicholas Carter argued that Jelle's statements to police detectives should not be admissible in court because they were obtained unconstitutionally, and that officers did not read Jelle his Miranda rights during questioning.
But in a Feb. 23 decision written by District Judge Dan R. Price II, the statements made by Jelle were ruled voluntary and admissible in court.
Jelle's charge stemmed from delivering mushrooms to Michael Dimmick in January 2002, according to court documents. Dimmick, then 19, died one day after he ate the mushrooms.