- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 18, 2017

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A man has received a life sentence after a federal jury convicted him of selling a fatal dose of fentanyl to another man.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports (https://bit.ly/2oHUTq1 ) 28-year-old Joshua Donald Ewing was sentenced Monday for selling 37-year-old Jeremy Deaton a mixture of heroin and fentanyl in 2016. Deaton thought he was purchasing heroin.

A toxicologist testified that Deaton wouldn’t have died but for the fentanyl, a powerful opioid. His blood contained more than five times the therapeutic range for fentanyl.

Ewing faced a mandatory life sentence under federal guidelines as he was on probation for heroin possession. U.S. District Judge Joseph Hood ordered Ewing to pay Deaton’s funeral costs, which totaled $23,094, as restitution.

Kentucky, like many states, is in the midst of an opioid epidemic.

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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, https://www.kentucky.com

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