W-B Woman Sentenced For Role In Fatal Overdose

September 13, 2018

SCRANTON — A Wilkes-Barre woman will serve more than 19 years in federal prison for delivering a deadly drug dose that claimed a man’s life, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Michelle Beagle, 39, was sentenced Tuesday to 235 months in prison after pleading guilty in March to conspiring to distribute heroin laced with fentanyl. Prosecutors said a 20-year-old man who used the drugs died on June 3, 2015.

Beagle was charged along with co-defendant Alfred “Alfie” Yale, 39, who pleaded guilty in May 2016 to conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.

Yale, who prosecutors said had “prolonged activity as a drug dealer,” was previously sentenced to more than 21 years in prison followed by three years of probation. He was also ordered to pay $8,174 in restitution.

In imposing the sentence on Beagle, U.S. District Court Judge Robert D. Mariani said any lesser sentence would denigrate the memory of the victim and make a mockery of the law, according to prosecutors.

In addition to the prison term, Beagle was ordered to serve three years of probation and to pay $8,174 in restitution.

The case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a program to combat violent crime in local neighborhoods, and as part of an initiative to fight the nationwide heroin epidemic.

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