Iowa man sentenced in woman's drug-overdose death

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(Cedar Rapids, IA) -- A Dubuque man convicted in a woman's drug-overdose death has been sentenced to 15-years in prison. Thirty-year-old Julius Irvin admitted giving a mixture of heroin laced with fentanyl to a woman in 2019, leading her to suffer an overdose. Her body was found by staffers at a women's shelter the morning after she'd taken the drug.

Irvin pleaded guilty in March of this year of one county of distribution of controlled substances near a protected location resulting in death.

Court records reflect that Irvin was a long-time heroin and opioid user, facilitator, and distributor in Dubuque. He admitted to getting at least 60 grams of heroin from Travis Gordon Jones in two months in 2019, much of which he supplied to two individuals, including the woman who overdosed. Jones, has also pleaded guilty in the case and awaits sentencing.

Irvin was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams. Irvin was sentenced to 183 months’ imprisonment. He was ordered to make $8,325.67 in restitution to the victim. He must also serve a 6-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.

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