Posted: Jun 30, 2014 6:01 AM
Updated: Jun 30, 2014 6:01 AM
FARGO, N.D. (AP) The attorney for a man who worked for a Texas company that illegally sold the chemicals traced to the synthetic drug deaths of two North Dakota teenagers is asking for a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.
Twenty-six-year-old John Polinski, of Houston, is the last of 15 people to be convicted in a case that federal authorities dubbed "Operation Stolen Youth." He's scheduled for sentencing Monday afternoon.
The wide-ranging investigation started after 18-year-old Christian Bjerk, of Grand Forks, and 17-year-old Elijah Stai, of Park Rapids, Minn., died within a week of each in June 2012.
Authorities say Bjerk and Stai ingested hallucinogens that were cooked up by Andrew Spofford, who bought the chemicals from Houston-based Motion Resources LLC.
Polinski worked as an hourly employee for Motion Resources.