Alton woman gets 8 years prison in heroin death

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on March 31, 2014 at 7:55 AM

Updated Monday, Mar 31 at 5:55 PM

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. -- An Alton woman will have to serve eight years in prison for her role in a southwestern Illinois man’s heroin death last summer.

The (Alton) Telegraph reports 28-year-old Mary Ellen Johnson pleaded guilty to drug-induced homicide in Madison County. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors dropped a count of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of an elementary school.

Authorities say Johnson supplied the heroin that was used by 34-year-old Michael Johnson, who died from an overdose last July at Mary Johnson’s home.

The Johnsons are not related.

The homicide charge was punishable by up to 30 years in prison.

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