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Virginia woman sentenced to 10 years in prison in overdose case

A Virginia Beach woman has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for her role in a man's overdose death in 2016. Earlier this year, she pleaded guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter, possession with intent to distribute a schedule I or II class drug and violating conditions of release.

According to authorities, most of the charges stem from a Dec. 12, 2016, incident that led to the death of a man. The man apparently came to the defendant's Virginia Beach home to use cocaine. Once there, he chose to also inject heroin from a syringe, but he wasn't able to inject it himself. The defendant inserted the syringe needle into a vein for him and warned him that the drug was very strong and not to inject the entire amount. However, he proceeded to inject the entire amount and quickly fell unconscious.

Instead of calling for medical assistance, the defendant had other people carry the man to the passenger seat of his car. She then drove him to a nearby apartment complex and left him there. His decomposing body was discovered in the car on Jan. 12, 2017. The defendant was arrested and charged with the man's death. While on release, she was found to be in possession of drugs three times in 2017, resulting in a charge of violating conditions of release. She has previous convictions for burglary and various credit card fraud and theft charges.

A defendant facing drug charges may be able to avoid conviction by retaining the services of a criminal defense attorney. Legal counsel could challenge the prosecution's evidence and work to get the charges dismissed or reduced.

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