Two Maryland residents sentenced for distributing fatal heroin doses in Berkeley County

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Two Maryland residents have been sentenced in Berkeley County to a combined 659 months in prison for heroin distribution resulting in death.

A June 2018 jury found Kelvin Johnson, 26 of Baltimore, Maryland and Sykebia Stewart, 25 of Dundalk, Maryland guilty in connection to heroin distribution in May 2016 in Berkeley County.

Johnson was found guilty on one count each of distribution of heroin and aiding and abetting the distribution of heroin resulting in death.

Stewart was found guilty of one count of aiding and abetting the distribution of heroin resulting in death.

U.S. Attorney Bill Powell’s office announced Tuesday Chief U.S. District Judge Gina Groh sentenced Johnson to 365 months (about 30 years) in prison. Stewart faces 294 months (about 24 years) of incarceration.

“The sentences will not make right what has been done, but send the strong message of our continuing commitment to aggressively prosecute those whose actions cause injury or death,” said Powell.

The Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crime Task Force handled the investigation.


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