SOMERVILLE - A New Brunswick man has been sentenced to seven years in state prison for selling the drugs that led to a homeless mother's fatal overdose in Bedminster in 2020.
Lashawn Boyd, 26, must serve a minimum of three years in prison under the sentence handed down Tuesday by Superior Court Judge Michael Rogers.
Boyd originally had been charged with the first-degree crime of drug-induced death but pleaded guilty in November to the third-degree charge of endangering another person.
Bedminster police responded about 6 a.m. Jan. 20, 2020, to the Lamington Presbyterian Church on a rescue squad call where a 37-year-old woman apparently was having a heart attack. She was taken to a hospital and died about 12 hours later.
The woman, whose name has not been released by authorities, and her son were homeless and were staying at the church as part of the housing program of the Interfaith Hospitality Network, now known as HOME of Somerset County, Rogers said in sentencing Boyd.
An autopsy by the New Jersey Northern Regional Medical Examiner's Office found the cause of death was the combined adverse effects of cocaine, fentanyl and sertraline.
The investigation found 33 folds of heroin among her belongings, the judge said.
In addition, a search of her cellphone uncovered several text messages with Boyd arranging to buy the drugs. The sale was conducted at the Days Inn on Route 206 in Hillsborough, Rogers said.
Boyd, whom the judge said has a "lengthy criminal record," including convictions for aggravated assault, possession of synthetic drugs and violations of probation, was given an extended term because he is a "persistent offender," the judge said.
Boyd will receive credit for serving 482 days in the Somerset County Jail.
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