TUSCOLA COUNTY (WJRT) (2/16/2018) - A Tuscola County jury convicted a 38-year-old man on Friday of providing a deadly dose of heroin to a young mother.
Edward Forte now faces a sentence of up to life or any term of years in prison. He was found guilty of delivering a controlled substance causing death and delivering a controlled substance less than 50 grams.
Forte was involved in selling heroin laced with Fentanyl, which is a powerful painkiller. Consuming the combination of heroin and Fentanyl is often a deadly mix.
Forte was accused of selling the deadly concoction to Emily Dennis of Caro on April 19, 2017, from a location in the city of Saginaw. The 26-year-old used the dose later that day and was found dead inside a friend's apartment.
A wide-ranging investigating involving several local and statewide law enforcement agencies concluded that Forte's tainted heroin was a significant contributing factor in Dennis' death.
Dennis' boyfriend, Adam Maxson, and another man at the apartment, Tyler Meffer, were accused of helping her ingest the deadly dose.
"This is a tremendous accomplishment for public safety in the ongoing battle against the illicit drug trade that is devastating and ravaging our communities," said Tuscola County Prosecutor Mark Reene.
He hopes the guilty verdict will bring some closure for Dennis' family, especially her young daughter.