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Pennsylvania inmate charged in another's fatal OD

June 10, 2014
Associated Press

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — An inmate at a northwestern Pennsylvania county prison has been charged with providing the drugs that led to the fatal overdose of a fellow inmate last month.

The Erie Times-News ( ) reports 48-year-old Nathan Howard, of Tacoma, Washington, was charged Monday with drug delivery resulting in the death of 35-year-old Steven Burkhart.

Burkhart, of Erie, was also an inmate at the Erie County Prison when he overdosed on May 2 and died three days later. The county coroner determined Burkhart died from a toxic mix of heroin and fentanyl, a powerful synthetic painkiller.

Authorities believe Howard sneaked the drugs into the prison in a body cavity when he was jailed in late April on drug charges.

Howard doesn't have an attorney. Authorities believe drugs he provided led to two non-fatal inmate overdoses before Burkhart's death.


Information from: Erie Times-News,



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