Apr 26, 2016 7:02 PM
Amanda Burgess sentenced for role in fatal 2015 drug sale
Amanda Burgess, 26, of Portsmouth, was sentenced to 8 years in prison for selling drugs to a man who overdosed in 2015.
The sentence was part of a negotiated plea that had Burgess guilty of selling $40 of a controlled drug to 27-year-old Joseph Cahill in mid June last year.
Burgess was indicted in January. Portsmouth police said at the time she was a known heroin dealer and fled after Cahill was found dead.
Police also said that Burgess allegedly texted her mother after the overdose, telling her "I killed sum one."
A subsequent message said, "I just watched sum one die right in front of me."
Police responded to an emergency call and found Cahill unconcious on a bathroom floor along with drug paraphernalia.
Burgess fled to Maine after Portsmouth police reached out through social media for information on her whereabouts.
Burgess admitted to police that she had sold Cahill a bag with what she thought was $40 of heroin the night before he overdosed. She told them she panicked when he became unconcious and left.
Published reports state that Burgess was sentenced to an 8 to 20 year prison term. She will be eligible for parole after 5 years.
A conviction in a jury trial could have led to an 18 years to life sentence.