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West Virginia woman sentenced in fatal heroin overdose

May 12, 2018

WINFIELD, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman has been sentenced to 15 years in prison in the death of a man who overdosed on heroin.

Media reports say 36-year-old Joney Shannon Farley of Hurricane was sentenced in Putnam County Circuit Court on Friday for drug delivery resulting in death.

Farley had told investigators she twice injected 57-year-old Jeffry Burdette of Culloden with a mixture of heroin and water at her home last year. When Burdette stopped breathing, Farley drove him to a hospital. He was on life support for several days before his death.

Farley, who is the daughter of former Putnam County Sheriff Stan Farley, originally was charged with first-degree murder. She entered a plea deal to a charge that was signed into law five days after her arrest.

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