Pa. woman sentenced to three years in drug-death case

June 20, 2011

BALTIMORE — A Greencastle, Pa., woman was sentenced Monday to three years in prison for her part in a Washington County man’s drug-overdose death.

After serving her prison time, April Lynn Baker, 30, will be on supervised release for three years, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a news release.

Baker, formerly of Clear Spring, distributed and conspired to distribute morphine and methadone that was used by Brandon Sgaggero, who died from an overdose, the news release says.

In April, Luis Reyes-Torres, 26, of Hagerstown, was sentenced, also in U.S. District Court, to 115 months in prison, or nearly 12 years.

As a nursing home employee, Reyes-Torres stole methadone, morphine and other medications in February 2008 and provided them to Baker, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Baker distributed methadone and morphine to Ryan Andrew Hartley in exchange for marijuana.

Hartley sold Sgaggero a 40-milligram wafer of methadone on March 1, 2008, for about $40 and 20 milliliters of morphine for about $20, the U.S. Attorney’s office said.

Sgaggero was found dead in his apartment March 6, 2008, having overdosed on methadone and morphine. That day, Hartley sent two text messages to Sgaggero’s phone asking if he wanted more “shampoo,” a code word for morphine.

Hartley, 26, of Smithsburg, pleaded guilty to being part of the drug conspiracy and is scheduled to be sentenced July 7.

Sgaggero’s obituary said he was 29 when he died, and that he had lived in Funkstown and Boonsboro.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said this is the third federal case prosecuted recently in Maryland in which the distribution of drugs let to someone’s death.

On Dec. 20, 2010, Mark Alan Bryan of Maugansville was sentenced to 14 years in prison in connection with the 2008 death of 20-year-old Curt Bannon of Boonsboro, who died of heroin intoxication.

In a separate case, Robert Carroll Eichelberger of Hagerstown and Kathleen Ann Harris of Olney, Md. — both former Boonsboro residents — were sentenced in December 2008 to 20 years and 13 years in prison, respectively, in connection with the death of Harry Angle III, 17, of Boonsboro.

Angle’s parents have said a mixture of methadone and alcohol killed their son in 2007.

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