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July 10, 2014

Pulaski County Man Sentenced to 20 Years for Distributing Heroin Resulting in Death

LONDON, KY—A Pulaski County man, who has previously admitted to distributing heroin that resulted in the death of another individual, was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

U.S. District Judge Amul Thapar sentenced 30 year-old Anthony Lacortiglia for distribution of heroin resulting in death and conspiracy to distribute heroin. Following the completion of his prison term, Lacortiglia will be under the supervision of the U.S. Probation Office for 20 years. Under federal law, Lacortiglia must serve at least 85 percent of his prison sentence.

In August 2013, following the first day of trial, Lacortiglia pled guilty to the offenses. Lacortiglia admitted that on May 4, 2012, he distributed heroin to John Latham at Latham’s Pulaski County residence. A short time later, Latham died as result of injecting the heroin provided to him by Lacortiglia. Lacortiglia also admitted to conspiring with others to distribute heroin within Pulaski County.

Kerry B. Harvey, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky; Bryan B. Underwood, Acting Special Agent in Charge, FBI; Rodney Brewer, Kentucky State Police Commissioner; Robbie Clark, Director of the Lake Cumberland Area Drug Task Force and Todd Wood, Pulaski County Sheriff, jointly announced the sentence.

The investigation was conducted by Kentucky State Police, the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, and the Lake Cumberland Area Drug Task Force, and various agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jason Parman.

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