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Jury convicts man arrested after fatal overdose

September 12, 2019

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A Delaware man arrested more than two years ago after a woman died of an overdose has been convicted on conspiracy and drug distribution charges.

A federal jury returned its verdict against Donte Jacobs on Thursday after a three-day trial.

Jacobs was indicted by a federal grand jury in October 2016. Authorities charged him with conspiracy to distribute heroin and fentanyl that resulted in the death of another person, the first time that federal prosecutors in Delaware leveled that charge against someone.

Before the jury verdict, Jacobs pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Jacobs faces at least 20 years in prison and a possible life sentence. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 10.

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