Jul 18, 2016 7:46 PM
CONCORD — Two of the three adults charged in the painkiller overdose death of a Rochester teen back in October 2015 pleaded guilty in federal court on Monday.
Mark Ross and Leslie Aberle appeared in U.S. District Court in Concord to plea guilty to distributing a controlled substance to a person under the age of 21, a felony that could carry a sentence of life in prison.
Eve Tarmey, 17, died of a fentanyl overdose in a room at the Riviera Motel in Rochester last fall. Both Ross and Aberle were in the room at the time of her death.
During separate hearings, the pair agreed to minimum 20-year prison sentences with prosecutors. The judge accepted the plea deals and scheduled both sentencing hearings for October 28.
After the hearing, Ross’s attorney said he is “profoundly upset” by what happened.
“Mark would do anything to undo the events of last October,” Philip Utter said outside the courthouse. “Obviously, he can’t. He entered his plea of guilty so he could accept responsibility for his actions and move forward. Again, he’s extremely remorseful.”
U.S. Attorney for the District of New Hampshire Emily Gray Rice added to Utter’s comments, saying the entire case has been an especially sad one.
“This is a very, very tragic case because a very young person had their life cut short and the defendants have pleaded guilty to their part in that,” she said.
Tarmey’s friends and family attended both hearings but asked for their privacy and did not speak to the media.
“I suspect that the family will want to provide its views at the time of sentencing, and then at that point I think that everyone will have a very clear understanding of the very tragic impact this is having,” Gray Rice added.
Jazzmyn Rood, Tarmey’s mother and Ross’ girlfriend, has also been charged with concealing knowledge about the drug distribution and giving false information to police. She has pleaded not guilty and faces trial in September.
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