- Associated Press - Saturday, November 22, 2014

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - A 24-year prison sentence has been handed a Pekin man for selling heroin federal prosecutors say killed at least three people.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Tate Chambers says from 2008 until his arrest in 2012, Anthony Mansini, with five other people, funneled as much as 10,000 doses of heroin into the Pekin area.

Chambers says three of Mansini’s customers died from heroin overdoses in the months before Mansini’s arrest.

Chambers says Mansini only admitted to selling heroin to 21-year-old James Reader of Pekin, who died in August 2012.

Other overdose victims linked to Mansini were 20-year-old Chanel Berardi and 21-year-old Kyla Frost. Chambers says a total of six people died from heroin supplied through the conspiracy.

The Peoria Journal Star reports (https://bit.ly/1AxVpZI) three of Mansini’s co-defendants have also pleaded guilty and await sentencing in March.

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