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Plea agreement ends criminal proceedings for fatal heroin sale

On Behalf of | Jul 8, 2015 | Drug Charges

For some people, selling drugs is a way to make fast money. Making that money, however, can come at a high cost if the person is caught. Drug charges in Maryland have serious penalties that aren’t anything to laugh at. One 24-year-old man was recently sentenced as part of a plea agreement involving heroin sales.

The incident occurred on July 18, 2013 when the young man sold heroin to a customer. Later on the same day, the man sold more heroin to the same individual. That individual died shortly after that second purchase. The cause of death was ruled to be heroin intoxication.

The young man who sold the fatal dose of heroin was able to obtain a plea agreement. He was sentenced to 11 years in prison with three years of supervised release after the prison sentence. A United States Attorney took the opportunity to note, “more people die of heroin overdoses than murder in Maryland.”

This case shows that sometimes defendants opt to accept plea agreements. Instead of going through a lengthy trial, this man chose to get things over with faster by accepting that plea. Of course, a plea deal isn’t right in every case.

If you are facing the criminal justice system, learning about plea agreements and determining if ones that are offered are right for you is something only you can decide. You should work to understand how the plea would affect you and how it compares to the possible outcomes of a criminal trial. Once you have all that information, you might be better prepared to make your decision.

Source:, “Drug dealer who sold fatal heroin dose sentenced,” June 18, 2015