Drug dealer sentenced for selling deadly heroin.
25 year old Marcus Andrew Burrage of Ames, Iowa, was sentenced to 240 months imprisonment for distribution of heroin causing death, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt.
United States District Judge Robert W. Pratt also sentenced Burrage to three years of supervised release following imprisonment and to pay $200.00 to the Crime Victims Fund. On June 29, 2011, after a three day trial, a jury convicted Burrage of distributing heroin on November 17, 2009, and April 14, 2010, in Ames, Iowa. In addition, the jury also found that the April 14, 2010, distribution of heroin caused the death of another person.
The evidence at trial proved that on November 17, 2009, Burrage sold heroin to an undercover informant at an apartment complex in Ames, Iowa. In addition, trial testimony proved that Burrage sold heroin to Joshua Banka on April 14, 2010, in a grocery store parking lot
in Ames, Iowa. Banka later died as a result of his use of the heroin he purchased from Burrage.