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Newport News woman sentenced for selling fentanyl-laced heroin in overdose death

Julie Rae Rock

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – A woman was sentenced to 20 years in prison Thursday for her role in the distribution of heroin to a person who overdosed and died.

38-year-old Julie Rae Rock pleaded guilty on March 13 the Department of Justice said.

Court documents said in November 2015 Rock purchased heroin that contained fentanyl from co-defendant Robert Alan Durkee.

Rock then gave the heroin to the victim at a hotel in Newport News, the DOD said.

The victim almost immediately fell to the ground.

Rock left and the victim’s body was found later that day by hotel staff.

The victim’s cause of death was found to be acute combined heroin and fentanyl intoxication.

Durkee was sentenced June 8 to 20 years in prison for his role in the overdose death.