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March 06, 2014 8:35 am

Powell man charged in connection with overdose death

Written by CJ Baker

A Powell man is facing criminal charges alleging he gave his prescribed medications to another man and caused the 25-year-old’s death.

The case against Adam B. Mangold, 28, reached Park County’s District Court last week after he waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

Mangold faces three felony counts of delivering a controlled substance (the painkiller fentanyl and the anti-anxiety drug diazepam), a felony count of possession of a controlled substance (specifically, marijuana) for a third or subsequent time and criminally negligent homicide, a misdemeanor.

The negligent homicide charge alleges Mangold caused the Dec. 6 death of Bryson Herdt “by conduct amounting to criminal negligence.”

Charging documents allege Mangold provided Herdt with fentanyl and diazepam (sometimes marketed as Valium); police say when Herdt later fell unconscious on the floor of Mangold’s bedroom, Mangold summoned emergency responders, but told them multiple times that he did not know what substances Herdt had taken.

“Adam was made aware that his ‘friends’ (sic) life may depend on the information,” wrote Powell Police Sgt. Chad Miner in an affidavit filed with the charges. “Adam pointed out track marks on Herdt’s arm and still maintained that he didn’t know what Herdt had taken.

“Herdt was pronounced dead a short time later,” Miner wrote.

An autopsy later concluded Herdt died of a drug overdose, said Park County Coroner Tim Power.

Mangold is scheduled for an arraignment hearing — where he’ll enter a plea to the charges — on March 19. He’s under house arrest.

Miner’s affidavit quotes Mangold as saying that Herdt came to his Avenue K residence around 7 p.m. on Dec. 5, and “told Adam that he was going through detox and begged for some of Adam’s prescription medication.”

Miner said Mangold ultimately admitted to having given Herdt a half a 100 mcg fentanyl pain patch shortly after he arrived and a pill of diazepam around 10:30 p.m.

Mangold said Herdt fell asleep around 11:30 p.m. and couldn’t be awoken, Miner’s affidavit says. Sometime in the next 45 minutes, Herdt stopped snoring and Mangold became worried he was no longer breathing, Miner wrote. Mangold grabbed Herdt’s leg and couldn’t get a reaction, so he called his father, former Powell Mayor Scott Mangold, who was sleeping in another part of the house. When his father also couldn’t rouse Herdt, Adam Mangold called 911, Miner wrote of the account.

The police sergeant said Mangold never told dispatchers Herdt wasn’t breathing, and alleges in the affidavit that the information “could have possibly had an effect on whether Bryson survived or not.”

Mangold is also alleged to have provided Herdt with a half a fentanyl patch on Dec. 3.

Police reportedly found two-and-a-half grams of marijuana in Mangold’s room the night of Herdt’s death. The possession charge is a felony because he has three or more prior convictions. District Court records also show Mangold is currently on probation for a 2010 conviction for delivering marijuana.

Circuit Court Judge Bruce Waters initially set Mangold’s bond at $30,000 cash, an amount recommended by Deputy Park County Attorney Tim Blatt at an initial Jan. 14 hearing.

“I think the $30,000 cash-only bond is a little much given the last time I went to the detention center they weren’t even able to take care of my wounds,” said Mangold, who is paralyzed from the waist down.

He asked to be released on a bond that included house arrest or perhaps a location-monitoring device.

“I’m not sure what good a monitoring device would do,” Waters said. “Past history tells me, Mr. Mangold, that you seem to be of the view that being disabled is kind of a get-out-of-jail free card — and it’s not — that you can do whatever you want without concern about being arrested because nobody will take you into custody anyway. It’s time for that to change.”

“That’s not true,” Mangold responded.

Shortly after that, Waters responded to Mangold’s comment about the bond being too high, saying that, “you’ve got five separate counts, four of which are felonies, the other one involves the death of a human being. A $30,000 bond seems pretty cheap.”

Mangold turned himself into the Park County Detention Center after the hearing, but court records show that three days later, Blatt agreed to have Mangold released to house arrest.

Blatt said the jail does not have the ability to care for Mangold. Judge Waters approved Mangold’s release on a personal recognizance bond in a Jan. 21 order.

Mangold waived his right to a preliminary hearing, resulting in the case being transferred to District Court on Feb. 25.

Herdt’s Dec. 6 death was the second drug-related death in roughly as many days in Powell.

Christopher Nichols, 29, has been charged with criminally negligent homicide and delivery of a controlled substance (heroin) in connection with the fatal Dec. 4 overdose of 30-year-old Jeremy W. Ernest.

Nichols pleaded not guilty to the charges on Jan. 22 and a trial is tentatively set for April 17.


  • Comment Link March 06, 2014 8:57 am posted by clipstein

    no comment. sick

  • Comment Link March 06, 2014 10:07 am posted by Disgusted taxpayer

    Well..well..the wash was hung out to dry and came back dirty.There is no end to the corrupt drug trade in PARK COUNTY.

  • Comment Link March 06, 2014 2:07 pm posted by Linnea Haun

    Justice!! Thank you

  • Comment Link March 07, 2014 12:33 am posted by noone

    Wow. I knew someone who used to sell there pain meds might still be selling them. But I don't talk to that person. And how sad.

  • Comment Link March 09, 2014 6:25 am posted by Robert Farnham

    Same old Powell glade im not their the people and town will never change.

  • Comment Link March 12, 2014 9:14 pm posted by Stephanie

    This is insane. I hate to be the one to point it out, but the "victim" had a long standing drug problem that came to a devastating end. Not saying enabling him was the right answer, but maybe everyone needs to take a look at the bigger picture. Powell has an insane drug problem that has been going on for YEARS. Maybe it's time to quit ignoring it and quit pretending these things aren't happening and confront them head on. When that starts happening, meaningless deaths will stop occurring.

  • Comment Link March 15, 2014 4:58 pm posted by Charles

    The whole nation has a drug problem not just small town Wyoming.

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