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Jun 29, 2015 4:21 PM

Drug dealer convicted in Darriean Hess case wants work release


BRENTWOOD - A former drug dealer from Hampton who gave a teenager the powerful painkiller fentanyl several hours before that teen crashed into a group of bicyclists - killing two - is seeking work release.

Cindy Sheppard gave Darriean Hess, then 19, fentanyl on Sept. 21, 2013.

Hess, who didn't have a license, left Sheppard's apartment and crossed the center line on the Neil R. Underwood Memorial Bridge, striking four people participating in the Granite State Wheelman organized bike ride.

Hess killed Pamela Wells, 60, of South Hamilton, Mass. and Elise Bouchard, 52, of Danvers, Mass.

Uwe Uhmeyer, of Essex, Mass., and Margo Heigh, of Danvers, Mass., were seriously injured.

Sheppard pleaded guilty to dispensing a controlled drug and possession of fentanyl, cocaine and methadone last year, and was sentenced to three-to-six years at the women's prison in Goffstown.

She is also serving time for six felony charges of possession with the intent to sell a controlled substance and one misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana.

Because Sheppard sobered up while incarcerated and has participated in a variety of training programs, she told Judge Marguerite Wageling that she is ready for a part-time job, even though she is a double amputee.

"I have worked very, very hard since I have been incarcerated," Sheppard said. "My pain issues are completely managed."

Sheppard added that she walks a couple of miles every day with a new set of legs.

Wageling showed support for Sheppard.

"I am really proud of you, and I am glad you took a very sad situation and turned it into a positive," Wageling said.

"It really has been a positive experience for me," Sheppard responded.

Assistant County Attorney Karen Springer objected on the behalf of the families affected by the deadly crash, but admitted the entire hearing was moot because Sheppard has been granted parole.

Sheppard will be released from prison on July 27, Springer said.

Wageling took the matter under advisement.

Hess, of Seabrook, is serving up to 40 years behind bars, after pleading guilty to manslaughter and assault charges in January.

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