Virginia Man Sentenced For Distributing Heroin That Killed 2

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man has been given a 17-year prison sentence for distributing heroin to two women who died from overdoses at his home, and for having firearms and ammunition as an unlawful drug user, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Jessica Aber, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, said in a news release that court documents showed Michael Kerlin, 53, owned a Newport News business that sold propane gas and used money from his sales to buy cocaine.

In November 2015, court records said, Kerlin gave heroin to a young woman who died at a hospital after he called 911. In May 2016, Kerlin gave heroin to another young woman who died at his house. Instead of calling 911, he put her body into a garbage can which he left at his business, according to the news release.

An investigation also showed Kerlin had firearms and ammunition at his home, where he also stored heroin, cocaine and other drugs.