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Jun 7, 2016 10:57 AM

Newmarket man to plead guilty in Fentanyl-overdose death of waitress


PORTSMOUTH — A Newmarket man is scheduled to change his plea to guilty for a federal charge alleging he gave a fatal dose of Fentanyl to Portsmouth waitress Cassie Clermont, who died on Oct. 17, 2014.

Seacoastonline.com reported Benjamin Rogers, 30, of 192 South Main St., has been pleading not guilty since his arrest in Portsmouth more than a year ago and was scheduled for a trial this month in the U.S. District Court of New Hampshire. But according to court records, Rogers will appear in the federal court on Thursday for a "change of plea hearing," meaning he will plead guilty.

Rogers faces charges he "knowingly and intentionally" distributed Fentanyl that caused Clermont's death. An affidavit by Portsmouth police detective Adam Kozlowski reported that the night before Clermont, 30, was found dead in her Portsmouth apartment — near a needle and a baggie containing a brown substance — Clermont got the drug from Rogers in the parking lot of the Dinnerhorn & Bratskellar restaurant, where she worked.

Rogers will be sentenced at a later, unscheduled date.


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