|Lucas Gingras Photo Via Associated Press|
Gingras allegedly spiked his girlfriend, Ladonna Merriam’s drink with MDMA while camping in Milton. They already took cocaine and smoked pot before he decided to take MDMA.
Originally he said his cabin caught fire from a stove he knocked over during a bear attack. Later he admitted he took MDMA and hallucinated the bear attack, so he decided to set fire to the cabin and flee with Merriam.
He said he thought the bear was going to hunt them, so he convinced Merriam to plunge off a cliff in order to escape. She fell 70 feet, broke her back, and punctured her lung.
Gingras hauled Merriam’s body to his car, which was over a mile away, and called a friend for help. The friend arrived with a rifle, so Gingras took it and started shooting the trunk of the car, saying the bear was inside.
Authorities do not believe Gingras' story. They believe he made up the entire thing to cover up an attempted murder because Merriam tried to break up with him a couple of days prior to the camping trip.
Gingras faces charges of attempted first-degree murder, first-degree domestic assault, first-degree arson, and reckless endangerment. He could face up to 35 years to life in prison.
Merriam is still hospitalized, but is expected to make a full recovery.
Drugs can cloud our judgement and cause us to do irrational, dangerous things. If you are struggling with addiction, seeking help through a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility is a great idea. It’s never too late to get your life back on track.