Man pleads guilty in local woman's heroin death
Published 3:18 pm, Wednesday, May 6, 2015
A New York man has pleaded guilty to distributing a potent form of heroin in the Hudson Valley that resulted in the deaths of a New Milford woman and two others.
Dennis Sica of Hopewell Junction pleaded guilty April 27 to one-count of conspiracy to distribute heroin and fentanyl resulting in death in U.S. District Court in White Plains, N.Y., according to the Associated Press.
The charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life.
Prosecutors say Sica and others sold the potent heroin in 2014 in bags stamped with the brand name "Breaking Bad."
They say the drug killed Laura Brown, 35, of New Milford, on Feb. 1, 2014 and Thomas Miles, 31, of Pawling, N.Y., in separate incidents on the same day.
Prior to their deaths, Anthony Delello, 20, of Beekman, N.Y., died from an overdose of the drug in December 2013.
Brown was found dead in the bathroom of her New Milford apartment with three needles, measuring spoons and "Breaking Bad" packets around her, according to the DEA arrest warrant affidavit for Sica.
The state office of the chief medical examiner autopsy report concluded Brown died from "acute heroin and fentanyl intoxication," according to the arrest warrant.
According to Brown's brother, he and Brown together bought "Breaking Bad" heroin from Sica in Hopewell Junction two days before Brown was found dead, according to U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.
He and his father broke down the door of Brown's apartment on Feb. 1, 2014 after not hearing from her for two days and found her dead on the bathroom floor, the affidavit states.
Brown's family could not be reached for comment.
"With today's guilty plea, Dennis Sica formally acknowledged his role in causing the deaths of three young people," Bharara said.
"The outcome of this prosecution may do little to console the family members who lost their loved ones. ... one can hope, however, that the significant penalties Sica faces for his crime will deter those who peddle deadly drugs and avoid the tragedy that these young victims and their families have suffered."
She married William A. Brown in February 2010.
She was survived by her husband, parents, two sisters and her brother, Matthew Leverich.