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Man gets to 8 to 20 years in prison for two drug OD deaths in Lower Swatara

By Dan Miller

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

717-944-4628
Posted 2/26/20

A 66-year-old man could spend the next 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to providing the drugs that caused two overdose deaths in Lower Swatara Township in 2017.

James Frederick Newman, of …

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Man gets to 8 to 20 years in prison for two drug OD deaths in Lower Swatara

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A 66-year-old man could spend the next 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to providing the drugs that caused two overdose deaths in Lower Swatara Township in 2017.

James Frederick Newman, of the 100 block of C Lane in Lower Swatara Township, was sentenced to 8 to 20 years in prison by Dauphin County Court Judge Richard A. Lewis on Thursday.

Newman in October 2017 was charged with three separate counts of drug delivery resulting in death, in connection with three people who died from a drug overdose.

Two of the deaths occurred in Lower Swatara, one in April 2017 and one in May 2017. The third occurred in Harrisburg in November 2016.

Newman was sentenced after pleading guilty to drug delivery resulting in death involving the two overdoses in Lower Swatara. The charge involving the overdose death in Harrisburg was withdrawn.

According to township police, one of the overdose deaths in Lower Swatara was from acute fentanyl toxicity. The other was from morphine, which can be a byproduct in the blood from heroin use.

One of the overdose deaths was in the Brookside trailer park. The other was in the Rosedale neighborhood.

Newman was arrested and charged by Lower Swatara police following an 11-month joint investigation between Lower Swatara police, the Criminal Investigation Division of the Dauphin County District Attorney’s Office, and the Harrisburg Police Department.