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Woman sentenced in case that lead to Boonsboro teen's death

December 20, 2008|By ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN -- An Olney, Md., woman was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore to 13 years in prison for conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, resulting in the July 2007 death of Boonsboro teenager Harry L. Angle III, known as Trey.

Angle's mother, Laureen Valentine, has told The Herald-Mail that she knows Kathleen Ann Harris, the woman who was selling her son drugs.

Harris, 39, must spend five years on supervised release after she serves her sentence, a U.S. Attorney's office spokeswoman said in a news release.

Harris is the mother of girls who were friends of Valentine's daughters, she said.

Robert Carroll Eichelberger, 37, of Hagerstown, pleaded guilty to the same charge Sept. 29, 2008, and was sentenced Dec. 4 to 20 years in prison.

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Harris and Eichelberger started selling prescription medication in 2006. Harris had medical problems that allowed her to get prescriptions from doctors, according to information in the plea agreement.

Eichelberger and Harris sold drugs to Angle, a Boonsboro High School senior, for several months, and some of the teenager's friends were present for some of the transactions, court records show.

On July 23, 2007, the boy purchased methadone from Harris and Eichelberger near a small shed in Boonsboro, according to court records.

On July 23 and 24, 2007, he used some of the methadone he bought from Harris and Eichelberger, the plea agreement said.

Methadone can stay in a user's system for up to 60 hours.

Harris and Eichelberger went to the teenager's home on July 25, 2007, where they again sold him methadone, according to records. He sent two of his friends out of the room while he consumed the methadone, and he and the friends consumed alcohol while there, according to the plea agreement.

His father found him dead in his home the next morning.

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