By: Don Shaw email: (570) 543-2961

Lancaster County deliberates 15 minutes before convicting woman in Fentanyl-Heroin death

Lancaster County deliberates 15 minutes before convicting woman in Fentanyl-Heroin death

Lancaster, PA

A Lancaster County jury deliberated  15 Minutes before convicting her providing a fatal Fentanyl-Heroin batch leading to a man’s death on March 8, 2019.  57 year old Justina Heisey was convicted of three felonies: drug delivery resulting in death, conspiracy and criminal use of a communication facility (cellphone).

Assistant District Attorney Barry Goldman presented evidence at the trial showing Heisey obtained the fentanyl-laced heroin – stamped “Cloud 9” – in Philadelphia, then sold a bundle to the victim on Dec. 15, 2017.

Testimony, closing arguments and charge instructions finished just before noon Thursday. Lancaster County Judge Merrill Spahn Jr. told the jurors to begin deliberations at 1PM, after taking a lunch break. The panel decided the case by 1:15 p.m., according to Goldman.

Heisey is lodged Lancaster County Prison and will be sentenced after a background investigation is completed in a couple months.

Goldman presented testimony from police investigators, a forensic pathologist who determined cause of death, and a close acquaintance of Heisey who was aware of the transaction. An hour before the victim died, he sent a text message about the quality of the batch and a text to Heisey thanking her for providing it, according to testimony. Also, in a recorded phone call from prison, Heisey repeatedly told a family member, “I was wrong,” according to testimony.

Northern Lancaster County Regional police Detective Theresa Stauffer filed charges and testified about her investigation.


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