By Dan Joling Associated Press
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A man who admitted injecting a 14-year-old Alaska girl with heroin has pleaded guilty to distribution of the drug.
Sean Michael Warner, 29, signed a plea agreement last week, and the document was accepted Tuesday by U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason. She set sentencing for Feb. 11.
Warner admitted providing the drug that killed Jena Dolstad on Dec. 29, 2011.
Original charging documents filed before the girl died said Warner and two men picked up the girl on Dec. 22, 2011, and returned to Warner’s house, where he shared a gram of heroin. The girl said she was willing to try something “new,” witnesses told police, but she didn’t want to inject herself.
After initially failing to inject the girl, Wilson used his belt as a tourniquet on her arm, and as she reclined on his bed, injected her with 25 to 30 units of heroin, taking several times to find a vein, prosecutors said.
The two witnesses told authorities they left the girl on the bed and found her the next morning, face down in vomit.
Warner did not immediately call 911 but gave the girl Suboxone, a prescription drug used to treat opiate addicts, according to the court papers. He called 911 after the girl began to convulse a couple of hours later, prosecutor said in the original charging documents.
She died nearly a week after she was injected.
Federal law provides sentencing-guideline enhancements for people who provide a drug that causes a death. The law also makes a provision for distribution to a person under 21. Warner admitted doing both in the plea agreement, assistant U.S. Attorney Kim Sayers-Fay said by email.
The maximum sentence for drug distribution is 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.
The government will recommend a sentence of 13 to 18 years. The government agreed to recommend a downward adjustment in the sentence for Warner’s acceptance of responsibility for the crime, according to the plea agreement.
The change in the plea was first reported by KTUU-TV.