Crime

Jury convicts Blanchard woman for selling drugs that killed youth

A Blanchard woman was convicted Tuesday in Centre County Court of selling drugs that led to the death of a 17-year-old boy.

After deliberating for two hours, a jury found Kimberly Heverly, 27, guilty of five counts of delivery of and one count of posession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, according to a news release from the Centre County District Attorney’s Office.

In March 2013, according to the release, Heverly obtained Xanax from her supplier and texted an 18-year-old buyer. With a friend, the buyer drove to Heverly’s apartment and purchased 10 pills. The two then left the apartment and picked up two more friends, one of whom was the 17-year-old victim.

After the 17-year-old ingested two pills at a Beech Creek restaurant, all four returned to Heverly’s apartment, where she sold the boys a strip of her prescription Suboxone. The 17-year-old took some of the drug, pocketed the rest and consumed the remaining portion at a friend’s house.

Early the next morning, the friend woke to frantic text messages and phone calls from his mother and the victim’s mother wondering where the victim was. He found the victim unresponsive.

When he called Heverly, she allegedly told him to flush the Suboxone wrapper that could be tied to her and then sent the text message: “CPR and cold shower.” Emergency responders arrived to find the victim dead. Toxicology reports determined the Xanax and Suboxone in the victim’s blood system shut down his central nervous system.

According to the release, Heverly asked a friend and the three other boys to lie about her whereabouts the night the drugs were sold and to say that the Suboxone had been stolen from her. The boys covered up for Heverly at first but later recanted to police, the release said.

Heverly is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 14.

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