Brandon Jacob Shepherd, 26, pleaded guilty earlier this year to coordinating a sale of the drugs to the woman, identified in court records only as P.E.R.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Shepherd and co-defendant Leon Chester Kolin III arranged the sale and smoked fentanyl with P.E.R. in January 2020.
The victim overdosed that night, but did not die, though prosecutors allege Shepherd told a friend that the woman nearly “fell out,” meaning she had almost died.
P.E.R. smoked some of the fentanyl resin sold to her days later and this time, overdosed and died, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
According to the prosecution’s sentencing memorandum, investigators posed as P.E.R. following her death and arranged to buy more fentanyl from Shepherd. He was arrested at a hotel, where he had been selling drugs out of one of its rooms, the document states.
Kolin was sentenced earlier this year to nearly three years in prison, while two other defendants, described by prosecutors as “engaged in an ongoing fentanyl distribution scheme” with Shepherd, have also been sentenced.
“Tragically, fentanyl has again cut down the life of a bright and promising future here in our community, whose loss will forever be felt by her family,” acting U.S. Attorney Randy Grossman said.