NH drug dealer pleads guilty to selling fentanyl that killed Nashua mom
NASHUA — A drug dealer has pleaded guilty to selling the fentanyl that killed a Nashua mother in January.
Kevin Manchester, 27 of Nashua, has been sentenced to 10 to 40 years in New Hampshire prison. Manchester was convicted of knowingly selling the fentanyl to 33-year-old Michelle MacLeod, who ingested the drug and suffered a fatal overdose on Jan. 22.
"Opioid and fentanyl misuse is our most serious public health and public safety problem," said Attorney General Joseph A. Foster. "New Hampshire has suffered more than 302 confirmed overdose deaths over the past 11 months, and 71 percent of those deaths were fentanyl related. Fentanyl is a serial killer. Simply put, Mr. Manchester's sale of illegal fentanyl was a choice to sell poison to another human being. We will continue pursuing individuals who make selling this poison their business of choice and will hold them accountable."
He was also sentenced to five additional state prison sentences of four to eight years for his subsequent sales and the possession of fentanyl charge. Four of the sentences are concurrent, while one is suspended but if imposed, will run consecutively to the death resulting sentence should Mr. Manchester fail to be of good behavior upon his release