Man Pleads Guilty to Fentanyl Distribution Resulting in Death

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(WNY News Now) – In a significant development a33-year-old of Depew man has pleaded guilty to charges of distributing acetyl fentanyl and fentanyl that led to fatalities. 

Buffalo – Jonathan DiPirro has entered a guilty plea in front of U.S. District Judge John L. Sinatra, admitting to the distribution of acetyl fentanyl and fentanyl, which tragically resulted in the deaths of two individuals. The charges carry a mandatory minimum prison term of 20 years, a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, and a fine of $1,000,000.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Adler, who is overseeing the case, detailed the events. DiPirro sold controlled substances to an individual identified as J.L. on November 1, 2019. The following morning, J.L. was found deceased, and an autopsy confirmed acute mixed drug intoxication involving acetyl fentanyl, fentanyl, and cocaine.

Similarly, on March 4, 2020, DiPirro sold controlled substances to another individual, S.L. Just hours later, emergency responders arrived at S.L.’s residence to find them deceased, with the autopsy attributing the cause of death to acute mixed drug intoxication involving acetyl fentanyl and fentanyl.

Additionally, between October 2019 and March 24, 2020, DiPirro conspired with co-defendant Sarah Szymanski and others to distribute acetyl fentanyl and fentanyl. Sarah Szymanski, previously convicted, awaits sentencing in connection with these charges.

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