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Man sentenced in death of Boonsboro man from heroin intoxication

Mark Alan Bryan was sentenced ti 14 years in prison for selling the drug to Curt Bannon

December 20, 2010

A federal judge in Baltimore Monday sentenced a 23-year-old Maugansville man to 14 years in prison in connection with the 2008 death of a Boonsboro man from heroin intoxication, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Mark Alan Bryan will also face five years of supervised release for conspiring to distribute heroin under the sentence handed down by U.S. District Judge Benson Everett Legg, U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said in a news release.

On Oct. 24, 2008, Bryan met Curt Bannon at a sub shop in Hagerstown, and the two drove to Bryan's drug supplier, where Bryan bought a small amount of heroin, according to Rosenstein.

Bryan handed the heroin to Bannon, and the two individuals drove back to the sub shop, Rosenstein said. Bannon spent the night at his home, watching movies with a female friend, he said.

Bannon died Oct. 24 at his home at 8331 Old National Pike in Boonsboro and was discovered by his parents in his bedroom, according to his obituary and Rosenstein.

Police interviewed Bryan, who admitted that he sold heroin to Bannon three or four times, with the last occasion being Oct. 24, 2008, Rosenstein said.

Bryan also acknowledged his involvement in a string of pharmacy robberies in the Baltimore County and Hagerstown areas in which he and his accomplices demanded prescription drugs, including oxycodone and other narcotics, Rosenstein said.

 On May 9, 2009, Bryan and another accomplice robbed the Rite Aid Pharmacy on 835 W. Hillcrest Road in Hagerstown of drugs, Rosenstein said.

 On May 15, 2009, Bryan and two others attempted to rob the Lykos Pharmacy on 2101 York Road in Timonium, but fled after an employee said they did not have any oxycodone, Rosenstein said.  

Later that day, Bryan and two others robbed the Austin Pharmacy on 6729 York Road in Baltimore of oxycodone pills, Rosenstein said.

On June 23, 2009, Bryan participated in a robbery of the Rite Aid Pharmacy at 22411 Jefferson Boulevard in Smithsburg where more oxycodone pills were stolen, Rosenstein said.

  Bannon, son of Gregory C. and Marsha A. Cantor Bannon, graduated from Boonsboro High School in 2006, according to his obituary.

  He attended Hagerstown Community College and Towson University.

  Bannon was an avid skateboarder, played guitar and had an interest in music and theater, his obituary said.

  In the news release issued by Rosenstein on Monday, Ava A. Cooper-Davis, Drug Enforcement Administration special agent in charge, said heroin is a drug that destroys lives and sometimes takes them.

  "The sentence Mr. Bryan received is fitting, and perhaps this tragedy will make someone think twice about trying heroin," Cooper-Davis said.

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