2 Maryland residents sentenced in WVa heroin deaths

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A Baltimore man has been sentenced to more than 30 years in federal prison for providing heroin that resulted in the May 2016 deaths of two West Virginia men.

Twenty-six-year-old Kelvin Johnson was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Martinsburg.

Police have said 18-year-old Jorge Armando Mercado-Medrano of Falling Waters died of an overdose at his home, and 22-year-old Joel Michael Custer of Augusta died a few hours after using heroin at a Bunker Hill strip club.

A co-defendant, 25-year-old Sykebia Stewart of Dundalk, Maryland, was sentenced to more than 24 years for aiding and abetting the distribution of heroin to Mercado-Medrano, who died several days after graduating from high school.

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