Man sentenced for heroin overdose death in Newport News

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WVEC) -- A Hampton man was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Thursday for his role in distributing heroin to a person who overdosed and died.

Robert Alan Durkee, 58, pled guilty on March 10. According to court documents, in November 2011, Durkee sold heroin that contained fentanyl to co-defendant Julie Rae Rock.

Rock then gave the heroin to the victim at a hotel in Newport News.

The victim fell to the ground almost immediately and his body was recovered later that day by hotel staff.

Cause of death was determined to be acute combined heroin and fentanyl intoxication.

Durkee was arrested on June 29, 2016 and admitted to purchasing over 700 grams of heroin from June 2015 until the time of arrest.

 

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