Man accepts plea deal in heroin death case

Michael Dane Carter

WINCHESTER – A man pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiring to distribute heroin in connection with an investigation of a June 2015 heroin overdose death in Frederick County.

Michael Dane Carter, 32, pleaded guilty to a total of seven charges in Frederick County Circuit Court as part of a plea agreement. For all of his charges, he was sentenced to a total of 17 years and six months plus 24 months, with all but three years and six months of that time suspended.

Reading a proffer of the evidence, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Nicholas Manthos said that authorities responded to the 1400 block of Front Royal Pike in June 2015 for reports of an intoxicated individual. The person was found on the porch of Carter’s residence there and was determined to have died of a heroin overdose.

Manthos said Carter told authorities in a later interview that he and his wife had picked up the person from a store and traveled up to Baltimore, where the individual traded a firearm for heroin that later led to their death.

Carter also pleaded guilty to charges of attempting to escape jail by force, abduction, assault and battery, unlawful entry, grand larceny and giving false information to a criminal investigator.

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