Man Who Admitted To Selling Deadly Heroin Dose Sentenced To Prison

March 5, 2019

WILKES-BARRE — A city man who admitted selling a deadly dose of heroin and fentanyl was sentenced Monday to serve up to 16 years in prison.

Eric Scott Malia, 34, pleaded guilty in January to counts of drug delivery resulting in death and conspiring to traffic drugs. Luzerne County Judge Joseph F. Sklarosky Jr. imposed the sentence Monday, ordering Malia to serve six to 16 years in prison.

Prosecutors alleged Malia and Joan Rosengrant, 47, also of Wilkes-Barre, sold two bags of drugs to Michael Gumaer, 38, of Plains Twp., who died on Jan. 15, 2017.

According to prosecutors, Gumaer contacted Rosengrant seeking drugs the day he died, and she set up the deal. Gumaer paid Malia $30 for the packets and paid Rosengrant $10 for setting up the deal, according to prosecutors.

Gumaer, a correctional officer at a state prison, then went home and fatally overdosed, prosecutors said. An autopsy determined he died from the combined effects of fentanyl and heroin.

Rosengrant was also charged with drug delivery resulting in death in the case, which was the first time Luzerne County prosecutors charged someone with that offense following a change in state law.

Rosengrant died while in custody at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility on July 7, 2017, with the coroner’s office ruling her death was an accidental and caused by the combined effects of prescription drugs.

As part of his sentence, Malia must pay $3,356 in restitution and was ordered to forfeit $1,099.

Sklarosky also ordered him to have no contact with Gumaer’s family.

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