Fairview Heights man gets 20-year federal prison sentence

News-DemocratSeptember 30, 2013 

A Fairview Heights man has been sentenced in connection with the heroin overdose death of a man in 2010

Joseph L. Robinson, 30, was sentenced on Monday to serve 20 years in federal prison, according to Stephen R. Wigginton, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Illinois.

Robinson pleaded guilty in may to distribution of heroin resulting in a death. During his plea, he admitted he sold two buttons of heroin to Donnie T. Baumann for $30 on the night Baumann, 22, died.

Baumann was found dead of a heroin overdose in his residence on Dec. 21, 2010. Robinson was arrested in connection with Baumann's death on Nov. 10, 2011.

"This severe federal prison sentence should put drug dealers on notice that they peddle heroin at their own risk, and those risks are considerable," Wigginton said. "My office will continue its initiative to stop the heroin overdose epidemic among our young citizens. The prosecution and sentencing of Robinson is part of our ongoing anti-heroin initiative."

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