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Man sentenced in Avila death, drug conspiracy

Published 01/30/2009, Associated Press

A man who helped investigators identify key figures in a drug conspiracy that stretched from Mexico to North Dakota has been sentenced to 30 years in prison. Prosecutors called it an exclamation point. Michael Petzold faced a maximum sentence of life in prison for dealing drugs and helping to kill an East Grand Forks in 2005. Petzold was the first of the five murder suspects to plead guilty.

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