Life sentence for drug dealer linked to deadly overdose

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A Lexington man has been sentenced to life in prison for selling drugs that caused an overdose.

28-year-old Joshua Donald Ewing was sentenced Monday in Federal Court.

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Evidence at the trial revealed that, in February of 2016, Ewing sold a mixture of fentanyl and heroin to Jeremy Deaton, who thought he was only receiving heroin. Deaton later died of an overdose when he took the drugs. A toxicologist confirmed that, had it not been for the fentanyl, Deaton would not have died, adding that Deaton’s blood contained more than five times the therapeutic range for fentanyl.

Under federal law, those convicted of illegally distributing Schedule I and II drugs that result in death face a minimum of 20 years and maximum of life in prison. If the defendant has a
prior felony drug conviction, they are subject to a mandatory life sentence.

A jury found Ewing guilty of the offense earlier this year.

At the time he illegally sold the drugs to Deaton, Ewing was on probation for a prior felony drug conviction.