OLEAN – An Olean woman has pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide for selling heroin that led to the death of another person.
The Olean-Times Herold is reporting that 27 year-old Chelsea Lyons pleaded guilty Monday in Cattaraugus County Court to the class E felony count, as well as third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class B felony, and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor.
As part of a plea agreement, Lyons waived her right to appeal and would face, at most, one to three years in prison for the homicide charge.
Authorities claimed Lyons caused the death of 42 year-old Matthew Harper on Feb. 24, 2016, by selling him heroin laced with fentanyl.
The case is the first time a drug seller was charged for a user’s fatal overdose in Cattaraugus County.