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State College Man Sentenced on Drug Charges Following Friend's Death

by on July 08, 2014 6:15 AM

A State College man will spend up to 14 years behind bars following an incident that resulted in another man's death.

Erik Speight, 44, was sentenced in Centre County Court on Monday. The judge ordered him to spend six to 14 years in state prison after pleading guilty to one count of possession with intent to deliver and to a weapons charge.

Speight was arrested  in October, 2013 after police were told two unresponsive men had been found inside Speight's home on Douglas Drive. Speight and the other man, who was not breathing when police arrived, had reportedly been drinking and taking drugs.

The second man, who prosecutors describe as Speight's friend, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Prosecutors say police found dozens of packets of heroin in the house, marijuana, and a revolver that had been reported stolen.

Speight has prior convictions for selling marijuana and a robbery.

In a prepared statement, Centre County District Attorney, Stacy Parks Miller says, "Heroin takes lives and gashes a trail of devastation in its path. We will vigilantly continue to hunt down and prosecute those who pedal this poison for profit."

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