Drug Dealer Convicted In Death

A 25 year old Iowa man faces 20 years in federal prison because of a death due to drug overdose.

Marcus Andrew Burrage of Ames, Iowa, was convicted
on June 29, 2011, of distribution of heroin and distribution of heroin resulting in death.

United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt confirmed that a federal jury returned the verdicts after a two and one-half day jury trial at the United States Courthouse in Des Moines.

Chief Judge Robert W. Pratt will schedule a sentencing date at a later date, following preparation of a presentence report.
Because one of the distributions of heroin resulted in a death, Burrage faces a sentence of at least twenty years in prison, and a maximum prison sentence of life. Burrage will remain in custody pending imposition of sentence.

The evidence at trial showed that Burrage distributed heroin in the Ames area on two occasions: once, on November 19, 2009, to a person cooperating with law enforcement; and a second time, on April 14, 2010, to Joshua Banka. Banka who died the next morning at his
home in Nevada, Iowa, following a heroin overdose.

The jury found that the heroin that Burrage sold to Mr. Banka was a contributing factor to Mr. Banka’s death.

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