A Colorado woman has been sentenced to over six years in federal prison for selling heroin blamed for killing another woman.
Twenty-four-year-old Kayla Pagano of Westminster learned her sentence Wednesday in Denver in the death of an unidentified woman in May 2018. According to Pagano’s plea agreement, the woman passed out after using the heroin and her body was found in an alley in Denver.
Another woman accused of arranging the drug deal, Ariel Walker, has pleaded guilty to distribution of heroin resulting in death. She is scheduled to be sentenced in December.
U.S. Attorney Jason R. Dunn says he hopes drug dealers are getting the message that, if someone dies as a result of their actions, they will spend time in federal prison. It’s a controversial approach that has received some criticism.
“You have dealers who either know they are selling fentanyl instead of heroin or know that it has already caused death and continue to sell it,” Dunn told The Colorado Sun in April. “We think they’ve met the required element that they can be charged.”
Our articles are free to read, but not free to report
Support local journalism around the state.
Become a member of The Colorado Sun today!
The latest from The Sun
- EPA settles lawsuit with Utah over Gold King Mine spill
- These Colorado school districts are welcoming students back for in-person learning this fall. Here’s why they feel it’s safe.
- Opposition grows to new Colorado rule requiring purchase of hunting, fishing license to access some public lands
- Bullying is down, stress is up and eight other charts with insights from a new survey of Colorado teens
- Are you wearing your mask? Because public health officials in Colorado are watching you to find out.