Portsmouth Woman Sentenced for Selling Fentanyl to Overdose Victim

Apr 27, 2016

A 26-year-old Portsmouth woman was sentenced to serve between eight and 20 years in prison for selling the fatal dose of drugs that caused a Maine man to overdose in 2015.

NH1.com reports Amanda Burgess was sentenced Tuesday after reaching an agreement with prosecutors to plead guilty to charges of supplying fentanyl with death resulting.

Prosecutors say Burgess sold a $40 dose of the synthetic opiate to 27-year-old Joseph Cahill, who was found dead on June 15, 2015. Burgess, a known heroin dealer, fled New Hampshire after the York, Maine man died.

Police say Burgess was with Cahill when he took the drugs and panicked once he became unconscious. She then allegedly texted her mother "I killed sum one" before leaving the scene.