Man sentenced in fatal heroin case

A Stephens City man was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg to 17 1/2 years in prison for selling heroin to a buyer who suffered a fatal overdose from the drug.

Scott Matthew Pierce, 44, had pleaded guilty earlier to distributing heroin after buying it from a dealer in Baltimore and taking it back to Winchester where the victim overdosed and died.

The man who routinely sold heroin to Pierce, Christopher Rojuan Giles, 27, of Maryland, admitted Thursday in U.S. District Court to participating in a conspiracy during which he sold heroin that resulted in six overdoses, three of them fatal. Giles pleaded guilty to one court of conspiring to distribute heroin.

Virginia State Police Special Agent Jay Perry, coordinator of the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force, said in a written statement that the task force, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Attorney’s Office continue to link overdoses in the northern Shenandoah Valley to “significant suppliers in Baltimore.”

“We want Baltimore heroin dealers to take notice,” Perry said. “When you sell to Virginia registered vehicles and our citizens, we will track you down.”

A third defendant from the area, Danielle Nicole Orndorff, 27, of Winchester, was also in federal court Thursday. She was sentenced to 13 1/2 years in prison after pleading guilty earlier to distributing heroin to two users who died from overdoses.

Orndorff’s full sentence will reach 15 years when the federal prison term is combined with a state sentence she is already serving from a case linked to the first of the two overdoses.