Breathitt woman to be sentenced for causing overdose death

Herald-Leader Staff ReportApril 9, 2012 

A Breathitt County woman will be sentenced in July for causing another woman's oxycodone-overdose death, the U.S. attorney's office said Monday.

Judy McIntosh, 47, pleaded guilty March 28 to distribution of the prescription drug, resulting in death. She also pleaded guilty to conspiracy, according to Kerry B. Harvey, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky.

A judge could sentence McIntosh to 20 years or more in federal prison. McIntosh's sentencing hearing is July 25 in U.S. District Court in London.

On Oct. 2, 2010, Ashley Ritchie received some oxycodone from McIntosh, according to McIntosh's plea agreement. Ritchie consumed the pills and later died at McIntosh's home.

"Federal law provides that anyone who illegally distributes drugs, the use of which results in death or serious bodily injury, shall receive a prison sentence of not less than 20 years and up to life," Harvey said in a news release. "We intend to use every tool at our disposal and punish those who illegally distribute prescription drugs. This case should serve as a warning to those seeking to profit from illegally distributing these powerful drugs."

McIntosh also admitted that she conspired to distribute oxycodone in Lee and Breathitt counties between August 2010 and June 2011.

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