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Man sentenced in overdose death case in Hancock County

Robert Tibbs delivered heroin to a friend who died from an overdose using it

It's the first drug case in Hancock County in which prosecutors are charging a man with a felony connected to a fatal overdose.

The man charged, Robert Tibbs, was sentenced Monday morning.

Tibbs pled guilty to three charges, including a felony charge of delivery of a controlled substance causing death.

In compliance with the plea agreement, Judge Jason Cuomo sentenced Tibbs to 15 years in prison for delivery of a controlled substance causing death, as well as 1-to-15 years for both deliveries of a controlled substance and transporting with intent to deliver.

The sentences will be served concurrently.

Tibbs delivered heroin to a friend who died from an overdose using it.

"And I think we do have a situation up here where are going to get a lot of people who are addicts and drug users who are sharing drugs and somebody dies, and they're going to get charged and convicted with delivery resulting in death," Cuomo said.

"People are dying every day in our state from drugs and this is one of the responses of our legislature to deal with it."

After the enactment of a West Virginia state law in July, the delivery of a controlled substance causing death is now a felony with a minimum sentence of 3 years in prison.

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