FARGO — A husband and wife who were arrested in connection with an investigation into heroin overdoses in Fargo and Otter Tail County have both been sentenced to 18 months of supervised probation.
Judge Tom Olson sentenced Joseph Kiedrowski, 39, and his wife, 39-year-old Billie Jo McGinnis-Kiedrowski, on Monday, June 3, in Cass County District Court. Both pleaded guilty to drug charges, including possession of heroin with intent to distribute, in February.
On Jan. 17, authorities carried out a drug bust at 3414 Birdie St. N. in Fargo, and Kiedrowski jumped from a second-story window and fled on foot. He was arrested shortly afterward.
At the home, McGinnis-Kiedrowski and another woman, 47-year-old Gina Steyn, were arrested. Steyn was sentenced in January to 360 days of probation on misdemeanor drug charges.
Kiedrowski and McGinnis-Kiedrowski’s attorneys said that based on conversations they’ve had with federal and state prosecutors, the couple might face federal charges stemming from the initial heroin overdose investigation. Phone messages left for federal prosecutors were not immediately returned Monday.
Shortly after his arrest in January, Kiedrowski spoke with The Forum and discussed his troubled past.
In 1992, Kiedrowski was showing his father’s gun to guests at a party at their Fargo home. The gun fired and struck his sister, who survived but became paralyzed.
In the interview, Kiedrowski detailed his opioid addiction and how it grew out of back pain after a surgery.
At Monday’s court hearing, both Kiedrowski and McGinnis-Kiedrowski apologized for their actions and thanked their families for their support.