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Dubuque man pleads guilty to selling heroin to person who OD'd

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A Dubuque man has pleaded guilty for a second time for distributing heroin to a person who overdosed and died from using the drug.

50-year-old Alvin Briggs, Jr. made the plea Thursday in federal court in Cedar Rapids.

Briggs admitted that on July 3, 2012, he sold $100 worth of heroin to an individual identified as S.R., and that S.R. died as a result of using that heroin.

Briggs initially pleaded guilty to the charge in June 2013, and was sentenced to 30 years' imprisonment in September 2013. His conviction was overturned after the United States Supreme Court ruled individuals could not be convicted of distributing drugs where death resulted unless the government proved the drugs were the “but for” cause of the death.

Briggs had previously admitted only that the drugs were a contributing factor in the death of S.R., but at the plea hearing this week, he admitted that S.R. would have lived but for using the heroin distributed by Briggs.

Sentencing before United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade will be set after a pre-sentence report is prepared.

Briggs faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years' imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of life imprisonment, a $1,000,000 fine, $100 in special assessments, and up to a lifetime term of supervised release following any imprisonment.

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