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Qualls admits to drug charge for overdose death of MSU student

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Natalie Dietrich, 20 years old, was found unresponsive in the bathroom of the Fault Line North music venue in Bozeman on January 30th. Natalie Dietrich, 20 years old, was found unresponsive in the bathroom of the Fault Line North music venue in Bozeman on January 30th.
Prosecutors say her boyfriend, Geoffrey Qualls, provided Dietrich with the drug. Prosecutors say her boyfriend, Geoffrey Qualls, provided Dietrich with the drug.
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Geoffrey Qualls, one of two men charged in connection with the death of MSU student Natalie Dietrich, has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.

Dietrich, 20 years old, was found unresponsive in the bathroom of the Fault Line North music venue in Bozeman on January 30, 2016.

According to court documents, she and Qualls - her boyfriend, who was also passed out in the bathroom - had ingested a synthetic drug called "euphoria."

Dietrich died at the scene.

Prosecutors say Qualls provided Dietrich with the drug.  

Qualls was originally charged with criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute.  

On Monday, Qualls pleaded guilty to felony drug possession as part of a plea agreement. 

Prosecutors will recommend a deferred sentence and community service.  The judge, however, does not have to abide by the recommendation, so Qualls still faces a sentence of up to life in prison.

"Euphoria" also known as U-47700, was developed by a drug company in the 70's and is reportedly 7 to 8 times stronger than morphine.

Another man, Daniel McGrail, gave the drug to Qualls and told police he bought it online.

McGrail was also charged with criminal distribution of dangerous drugs.



(February 1, 2016) The Bozeman Police Department is investigating the death of an MSU student.

According to a press release from the Gallatin County Sheriff/Coroner's Office, emergency medical services were called to a business on Gallatin Park Drive in Bozeman at 12:45 a.m. on Saturday, January 30. 

Two people -- a man and a woman -- were found by employees of the business and were unresponsive. The man, whose identity has not been released, was taken to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital; authorities have not released any information about his current medical condition.

The 20-year old woman, identified as Natalie Dietrich of Billings, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Her death is being investigated by the Coroner's Office and the Bozeman Police Department. 

The cause and manner of death has not yet been determined; a forensic examination is scheduled for early next week. Authorities have not yet released any other details about the incident.

We spoke with an official from MSU, who said that Dietrich was enrolled in in the economics program.  Speaking for the university, he said, "Our hearts go out to her friends and family."

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