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CASE UPDATE: Clarion Woman Sentenced to 9-18 Years in Prison for Drug Delivery Resulting in Death

June 29, 2018 | Topic: Criminal

HARRISBURG — Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced that a Clarion County woman was sentenced to 9 to 18 years in prison for her role in delivering fentanyl to a man who later died of an overdose.

Elva Marie Warner-Confer, 42, was found guilty earlier this month following a jury trial of drug delivery resulting in death – a first-degree felony, and related offenses. Warner-Confer was charged last year by Pennsylvania State Police and the Office of Attorney General after Donald Leroy Brown, 35, was found dead in his Clarion home.

“If you sell drugs and someone dies as a result, you’re facing a felony and jail,” Attorney General Shapiro said. “We’re using every tool at our disposal to hold drug dealers accountable for the devastation they’re causing in communities across Pennsylvania. That includes this charge of drug delivery resulting in death.”

Since taking office in January 2017, Attorney General Shapiro and his legal team have arrested or prosecuted 27 defendants across Pennsylvania for drug delivery resulting in death.  The Office of Attorney General has charged physicians with this felony crime as well as drug dealers.

In the days before Brown died, he called Warner-Confer and told her he needed fentanyl. The day before Brown died, Warner-Confer provided Brown with three fentanyl patches that she had bought from another woman, Jennifer Best. Best pleaded guilty on June 20 to delivering fentanyl and will be sentenced on August 1.

Clarion County Common Pleas Judge Paul Millin sentenced Warner-Confer today. The case was prosecuted by Senior Deputy Attorney General Marnie Sheehan-Balchon and Clarion County District Attorney Mark Aaron.

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