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Deadly Heroin Sale Sends Madera County Woman to Prison



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The second Madera County defendant in a fatal heroin overdose case is headed to federal prison for 11 years, three months.

Acting U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert said in a news release that Ashley Michelle Hill, 33, of Coarsegold, was sentenced for selling heroin that resulted in the overdose death of another Coarsegold resident.

According to court documents, on Aug. 22, 2019, Hill and Georgia Nicole Dean, 38, of Coarsegold, drove to the victim’s residence because he had contacted Dean asking for heroin. They arrived after midnight and met with the victim outside his residence on the street.

Hill gave approximately three-tenths of a gram of heroin and a syringe to Dean, who gave it to the victim. The victim used the heroin, overdosed, and died the same day.

Other Defendant Sentences to 12 Years

Dean previously was sentenced to 12 years in prison for distributing heroin.

The Madera County Sheriff’s Office, the Fresno Police Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kathleen A. Servatius and Justin J. Gilio were the prosecutors.

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