Maryland pair sentenced in Spring Mills High School student death

West Virginia

A Maryland man and woman were sentenced to a combined 55 years in prison for the death of a Spring Mills High School student in May 2016.

Sykebia Stewart, 25, and Kelvin Johnson, 26, distributed heroin to 18-year-old Jorge Mercado-Medrano who was later found dead at his home.

Stewart told Mercado-Medrano the heroin was cocaine and showed him how to prepare the drug improperly. On top of jail time, both Johnson and Stewart were ordered to pay $8,649 in restitution to Mercado-Medrano’s family for funeral-related expenses, according to federal court documents. 

“The sentences will not make right what has been done, but send the strong message of our continuing commitment to aggressively prosecute those whose actions cause injury or death,” said Northern District of West Virginia U.S. Attorney Bill Powell in a press release.

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