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SALT LAKE CITY — A second man was sentenced to federal prison on Friday for charges related to a fatal overdose of a Park City woman in 2018.
The Department of Justice reported on Friday that Jimmy Astudillo, 32, of Salt Lake City, was sentenced to 65 months in prison — over five years — after entering a guilty plea in August to possessing heroin with the intent to distribute.
According to the news release, on May 10, 2018, Park City police officers and Summit County Sheriff's Office deputies found a Park City woman deceased in an apartment after an acquaintance asked the police to check on her. An autopsy showed that the woman died from an overdose and had used both heroin and methamphetamine.
Records of the woman's Facebook messages connected her to Zachary Westerman, a 36-year-old man from Sandy. The messages showed that Westerman had sold the woman black tar heroin and methamphetamine for $40 on May 9, 2018, the Department of Justice said.
Westerman pleaded guilty on Jan. 23, 2019, and was sentenced to 36 months in federal prison for one count of distribution of heroin, a sentence which was enhanced because his actions resulted in a death.
The news release explained that officers began to investigate Astudillo after Westerman named him in an interview as his supplier. Astudillo's Facebook account showed "numerous drug trafficking conversations," according to the press release.
Specifically, in one of these conversations he claimed the heroin he sold was so strong that he was being blamed for overdose deaths, because the heroin he sold was "fire," or high quality.
Astudillo was arrested in December 2018 and the cases against him and Western were prosecuted by the Assistant United States Attorneys.
"The United States Attorney's Office is focused on pursuing federal criminal charges against individuals who distribute illegal narcotics that result in fatal overdoses," Acting United States Attorney Andrea T. Martinez said in a news release for a sentencing regarding a different fatal overdose which happened earlier this week.