Columbia Man Sentenced After Heroin Distribution Caused Death

5 years 3 weeks 4 days ago Friday, September 27 2013 Sep 27, 2013 Friday, September 27, 2013 10:21:34 AM CDT September 27, 2013 in News
By: Devon Fasbinder, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

JEFFERSON CITY - A United States Attorney announced Friday that a Columbia man was sentenced to 20 years in prison regarding heroin distribution that resulted in a man's death.

Ellison Lee Hutchison Jr., also known as "Lucky," was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Beth Phillips to federal prison without parole. He also has to pay $1,699 in restitution for funeral costs of his victim.

On April 25, 2013, Hutchison pleaded guilty to distributing heroin to Maximillion Shackelford. Shackelford died as a result of using the heroin Hutchison sold him.

On January 23, 2012, Columbia police responded to Shackelford's apartment where they found two syringes lying next to Shackelford on a bed. Police said there were two recent injection sites on Shackelford's wrist. The autopsy showed the cause of death was a heroin overdose.

Police examined Shackelford's cell phone to find that he met Hutchison earlier that evening. Shackelford's brother told investigators Hutchison was a heroin dealer. Police interviewed the person who drove Shackelford to the drug transaction and searched Hutchison's home. Police arrested Hutchison.

After questioning, police say Hutchison finally admitted that he sold Shackelford a quarter gram of heroin for $45.

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