- Associated Press - Saturday, February 22, 2014

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) - Passaic County prosecutors say a drug dealer has admitted selling heroin that led to a man’s death.

The Record (https://bit.ly/1jVwbct) reports 26-year-old Quasheem Reels of Paterson pleaded guilty Friday to the rarely used charge of drug-induced death/strict liability.

Prosecutors will recommend that he get a seven-year term when he’s sentenced April 4. He may have to serve nearly six years before becoming eligible for parole.

Reels could have faced up to 20 years in prison if convicted at trial.

The state’s Strict Liability in Drug-Induced Deaths law was passed in the late 1980s, during the heights of the crack epidemic. It equates the act of selling drugs with homicide, and enables the state to convict a defendant without having to prove any intent.



___

Information from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), https://www.northjersey.com

Sign up for Daily Newsletters

Manage Newsletters

Copyright © 2019 The Washington Times, LLC.

Please read our comment policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide