- Associated Press - Monday, December 12, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - A man arrested in connection with the 2015 death of a New York dermatologist who died of cocaine and alcohol intoxication has pleaded guilty to maintaining a drug distribution house.

Newsday (https://nwsdy.li/2hn1zZx ) reports that James Holder entered the plea in federal court on Monday. He faces up to 20 years in prison.

Holder and another man, Marc Henry Johnson, were arrested after the October 2015 death of Dr. Kiersten Cerveny. Authorities said the 38-year-old doctor had been snorting cocaine as she shared drinks with Johnson.

The Long Island doctor was found unconscious and unresponsive in the lobby of Holder’s apartment building.

Johnson, a producer of an HBO series, is charged with attempted distribution of cocaine and dragging her body to help Holder evade detection.

Johnson’s lawyer declined to comment.


Information from: Newsday, https://www.newsday.com

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