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Stout to face drug delivery resulting in death charge in county court

August 2, 2018

A 33-year-old Boswell man accused of selling drugs to a 27-year-old who died of an overdose in late February waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday before District Judge Susan Mankamyer.

Police found text messages on the deceased man’s phone between him and Bryan Stout asking to buy the drugs, according to court documents.

The day after the death, on Feb. 28, Stout admitted to selling the man the drugs and provided police with his cellphone, according to a police complaint. A nickname for the man was in the phone and the text message exchange had been deleted, police said.

An autopsy determined that the man died of multi-drug toxicity. The substances included fentanyl, a strong opioid that often causes overdoses when used illegally.

Public defender Steven Miller, of Somerset, asked the judge Wednesday to consider modifying Stout’s $50,000 bail. Assistant District Attorney Michael Carbonara argued that Stout was a flight risk.

Stout was sentenced to three years of supervised probation Tuesday in Somerset County court for attempting to elude law enforcement by leading police on a 13-mile chase in Jenner Township. He was later arrested on a bench warrant for not attending his initial sentencing in that case. That case did not involve drug charges.

Mankamyer agreed with the prosecutor and did not reduce Stout’s bail.

Stout will face the following charges in county court: third-degree felony criminal use of a communication facility, felony drug delivery resulting in death and felony manufacture, delivery or possession with the intent to manufacture or deliver.

He is scheduled to be formally arraigned on the charges Sept. 24.

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