Heroin dealer tied to five overdose cases to be sentenced

Officials say Burrell knowingly sold fentanyl-laced heroin that killed five men

Sloane Martin
June 14, 2018 - 6:15 am
Categories: 

A Twin Cities woman already serving time for selling heroin that led to two overdose deaths will be sentenced Thursday for another one.

Beverly Burrell was found guilty in April in the death of 31-year-old Dustin Peltier in 2016. Officials say Burrell knowingly sold fentanyl-laced heroin that killed five men over the course of seven months.

When she was sentenced last September in the deaths of 21-year-old Maxwell Tillitt and 20-year-old Lucas Ronnei, she promised the judge she would not sell drugs again.

"I am a good person," she said in court. "I am not a monster."

Her attorneys said that determining who is at fault in an overdose death is "a complicated and complex question," instead arguing that Burrell be a candidate for reform and that demand for opioids needs to be better addressed.

Burrell is currently serving a 14-year sentence and faces murder charges in two more cases.

Thursday's sentencing begins at 2 p.m.