- Associated Press - Thursday, July 21, 2016

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a Maine man will spend five years in prison for selling heroin that resulted in a man’s death.

Authorities say 32-year-old Adam Norton, of Falmouth, Maine, pleaded guilty in January to selling the heroin in 2014 that caused the fatal overdose.

Officials say that only days after the man’s death, Norton sold heroin to a member of the man’s family who also overdosed, but was resuscitated with the antidote Narcan.

U.S. District Court Judge Jon Levy, in sentencing Norton on Thursday, called the circumstances of the case “heartbreaking.” The judge noted that Norton’s drug trafficking was related to his own heroin addiction, which stemmed from his use of painkillers that had been prescribed him.

Levy also noted that being an addict “is no excuse for drug trafficking.”

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