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Waterloo man pleads guilty to lesser charges in opioid death

February 18, 2021 GMT

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — A Waterloo man accepted a plea deal Thursday in the death of a man who bought fentanyl-laced heroin from him.

Marcus Anthony Sallay, 39, agreed to the plea deal a day after testimony began in his trial on a manslaughter and drug charges.

Sallay admitted to selling drugs to 49-year-old Adam Sharkey on Feb. 14, 2017. Sharkey died the next day. In exchange for the plea, the state dismissed the manslaughter charge, The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reported.

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Sallay also admitted to selling a fentanyl and heroin mixture to a confidential informant working with the Tri-County Drug Enforcement Task Force several times in February and March 2017 after Sharkey’s death.

Salley pleaded guilty to four counts of delivery of heroin and fentanyl with sentencing enhancements because of prior felony convictions. Prosecutors agreed the drug sentences would run concurrently for a total of up to 15 years, with a three-year mandatory minimum.