Smithsburg man gets six years for fatal overdose

July 07, 2011

BALTIMORE — A Smithsburg man was sentenced Thursday to six years in federal prison for selling the drugs that caused a fatal overdose, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein.

Ryan Andrew Hartley, 26, also was ordered to serve three years of supervised release after completing his sentence, Rosenstein said.

Court records show that Hartley agreed in January to plead guilty to conspiring to distribute the morphine and methadone that resulted in the death of Brandon Sgaggero.

Two co-defendants, Luis Reyes-Torres, 26, of Hagerstown and April Lynn Baker, 30, of Greencastle, Pa., previously pleaded guilty and were sentenced in the case.

In February 2008, Reyes-Torres, then an employee of a nursing home, stole methadone, morphine and other medications that he provided to Baker, according to Hartley’s plea. Baker distributed the methadone and morphine to Hartley in exchange for marijuana, according to Rosenstein.  

On March 1, 2008, Hartley sold to Sgaggero a 40-milligram wafer of methadone for approximately $40 and 20 milliliters of morphine for approximately $20, Rosenstein said. It was the only time Hartley sold drugs to Sgaggero, Rosenstein said.

Sgaggero was found dead in his apartment on the morning of March 6, 2008, Rosenstein said. An autopsy revealed that Sgaggero, 29, died of an overdose of methadone and morphine, Rosenstein said.

Reyes-Torres was sentenced to 115 months in prison and Baker, formerly of Clear Spring, was sentenced to three years in prison.

This is the third federal case recently prosecuted in Maryland in which the defendants distributed drugs that led to a fatal overdose, Rosenstein said. All three victims lived inWashington County.

On Dec. 20, 2010, Mark Alan Bryan, 23, of Maugansville was sentenced to 14 years in prison in connection with the 2008 death of Curt Bannon, 20, of Boonsboro.

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

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