Park Hills woman sentenced in Fentanyl patch death
Monday, August 18, 2008
FARMINGTON, Mo. (AP) -- A 53-year-old eastern Missouri woman is sentenced to eight years in prison in connection with a man's death from an overdose involving Fentanyl patches.
Joy Gray-Johnson of Park Hills pleaded guilty on Friday to distribution of a controlled substance. As part of a plea agreement, charges of second-degree murder were dismissed.
Two men pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the case and received 15-year prison terms.
An autopsy showed that 21-year-old John Pritchett died in 2007 of a mixed drug reaction from Fentanyl, Methadone and Oxycodone. Authorities say the two men sold Pritchett Fentanyl patches they had purchased from Gray-Johnson.
Gray-Johnson told police she sold about half of her patches each month to supplement her disability income.
Information from: Park Hills Daily Journal, http://dailyjournalonline.com.