- Associated Press - Thursday, October 8, 2015

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) - A northern New Jersey man was sentenced to six years in state prison for selling heroin that led to the overdose death of a woman in 2013.

The Record reports (https://bit.ly/1GxgkLB ) Jesse Kurzweil, of Closter, was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty in July to a first-degree charge of strict liability for a drug-induced death.

Authorities say Doreen Leach, of Emerson, died after she was injected by another man who bought the heroin from Kurzweil.

Kurzweil’s attorney Alan Krauss says his client got caught up in the heroin epidemic that is affecting New Jersey’s suburbs. He says an addiction to painkillers after a hockey injury led him to heroin.

Bergen County prosecutor Danielle Grootenboer called for Kurzweil’s case to serve as a cautionary tale to other would-be drug dealers.



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