A Harford County man was sentenced Friday to serve 10 years in the federal corrections system for his role in a 2011 heroin transaction that led to a woman's death, federal prosecutors said.
Kenneth Charles Diggins, 38, of Bel Air, had pleaded guilty on Feb. 14, 2014, to conspiracy to distribute heroin and distribution of heroin, the use of which resulted in death, according to the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office.
Diggins was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Baltimore by U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz. In addition to the prison term, Motz sentenced Diggins to three years of supervised probation upon his release.
According to his plea agreement, Diggins supplied heroin to Jamie Lynn Lidlow on multiple occasions in late December 2011.
On Dec. 27, 2011, Lidlow and another individual arrived at Diggins' residence. They drove to Towson to buy heroin, where Diggins bought six grams from a drug dealer and was reimbursed by Lidlow and the other individual, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Diggins drove the others back to his house where Lidlow and the other individual each took the heroin Diggins had purchased.Lidlow subsequently died of heroin overdose, after using the heroin supplied by Diggins, according to prosecutors.
Ms. Lidlow, who was 19 and lived in Bel Air, was found unresponsive on a couch in a home where she was visiting in the 1300 block of Roman Ridge Drive in the Hickory Overlook neighborhood north of Bel Air, the Harford County Sheriff's Office said at the time.
The homeowner, who was not identified by police, called 911, and Ms. Lidlow was transported to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air, where she was pronounced dead. Sheriff's Office investigators said heroin was the suspected cause.
Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the DEA and the Harford County Sheriff's Office for their work in the investigation and thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter J. Martinez, who prosecuted the case.