Man Sentenced to Prison Time for Overdose Death of Wheaton Man

Stephen Briston, 38, was found dead in a Carol Stream apartment on July 28, 2011, according to media reports.

A 26-year-old Chicago man was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison for providing the heroin that caused the overdose death of Stephen Briston, 38, of Wheaton, in a Carol Stream apartment in July 2011, according to the Daily Herald. 

Malcolm Brown sold the heroin to Briston, an old high school friend, and while Judge Blanche Hill Fawell said she did not think Brown intended to kill Briston, it was important to use his sentence to send a message to other drug dealers, according to the article. 

Briston could have faced up to 30 years in prison on a charge of drug-induced homicide, according to the Daily Herald. 

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Jason McSweeney May 06, 2014 at 11:58 AM
Prescription drugs kill more people than cocaine and heroin combined, yet I've never seen someone from the pharmaceutical industry prosecuted for a drug-induced homicide. The lesson here? If you're gong to sell deadly and addictive drugs, get them FDA approved first.


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