NJ man sentenced to prison for supplying fentanyl-laced heroin that caused death

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KINGSTON – A Paterson, New Jersey man was sentenced in Ulster County Court on Monday to four to eight years in state prison for his guilty plea to manslaughter stemming from a fentanyl/heroin death of a 35-year-old Ulster County resident.

Judge Bryan Rounds sentenced Jamal Thompson who admitted that his actions recklessly caused the death by overdose.

This is the first time in the history of Ulster County that a drug dealer has been convicted of manslaughter for a death resulting from the sale of drugs.

Thompson admitted to selling drugs to the victim on January 9, 2020 and that he knew they contained fentanyl.

“The potential lethality of drugs sold that are laced with fentanyl is beyond doubt,” said District Attorney David Clegg. “This office is committed to doing everything in our power to send the message that drug trafficking of poisonous and extremely toxic doses of fentanyl will not be tolerated.”