Woman receives longer sentence in drug case

A Blanchard woman received an extended sentence Monday for her role in the drug-related death of a minor.

Kimberly Heverly, 29, was initially sentenced to 3 1/2 to seven years in November 2014, a news release from the Centre County District Attorney’s Office said. Heverly was convicted of three felony counts for the delivery of controlled substances and possession with intent to deliver.

A post-sentence motion filed by the commonwealth requesting a higher sentence was delayed by the state Superior Court, the release said.

The charges and conviction arose from an incident in March 2013, the release said. On that date, Heverly was accused of supplying several teens, including the victim, with doses of Xanax and Suboxone.

The victim ingested a portion of the Suboxone at Heverly’s apartment, the release said, and took the rest at a friend’s house. The friend discovered the victim unresponsive the next day.

Heverly instructed the friend, who had called her, that “you didn’t get that ... from me” and instructed him to flush the wrapper, the release said. When first responders arrived, they found the victim deceased.

Friends of the deceased who had purchased the drugs from Heverly eventually came forward to police with the truth, the release said. Defense testimony showed that Heverly had been prescribed Suboxone for more than four years.

Centre County Judge Pamela A. Ruest resentenced Heverly to 5  1/2 to 11 years in state prison, the release said. Heverly is to serve consecutive periods of imprisonment as the result of the deliveries and death.

“This defendant showed her true colors when the raw reality of her drug dealing hit home,” District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller said in the release. “Instead of calling for help for the 17-year-old boy, she chose to save herself with lies and a short-lived, ill-conceived cover-up.

“Drugs kill and one life is one life too many,” she said. “If you think your teen is experimenting, please get help.”