Columbia man pleads guilty to supplying drugs used in overdose
JEFFERSON CITY - A Columbia man pleaded guilty Thursday for his role in distributing synthetic heroin that was used in an overdose.
Nick Burris, a 21-year-old, pleaded guilty in federal court in Jefferson City Thursday.
Burris admitted he supplied the drugs an 18-year-old Columbia man overdosed on. Marquette Murrell, a 25-year-old from Columbia, pleaded guilty to the same charge in December 2015.
Burris admitted to purchasing the heroin from Murrell and bringing it to the apartment where the overdose took place. Burris said he mixed the synthetic heroin with Benadryl before distributing it to the victim.
Burris said he was aware of another person overdosing on the product supplied by Murrell, but that person lived.
The same evening the Columbia man overdosed, Murrell was taken into custody after officers located him with four grams of synthetic heroin, along with other drugs.
Both Burris and Murrell face a sentence of up to 20 years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $1 million.