A woman who sold heroin and meth to a Bristol Township man who overdosed and died will spend up to 24 years in state prison.
Matthew Reiner, 27, fatally overdosed at the Village Lodge motel in Bristol Township the evening of July 19, 2018. An autopsy found he had fentanyl and methamphetamine in his system.
Detectives spent a year a half investigating the case. Finally, in late April 2020, prosecutors charged Katelyn Marlee Harkins, 32, with selling Reiner the drugs.
They found Harkins, of Middletown Township, was involved with a group who bought drugs in Philadelphia then resold them at the motel. Authorities say she admitted in an interview with detectives to selling the drugs to Reiner.
Harkins pleaded guilty to several charges earlier this week. The charges include drug delivery resulting in death, involuntary manslaughter, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, and recklessly endangering another person.
As part of her plea agreement, Judge Brian McGuffin sentenced Harkins to between 11.5 years and 24 years in state prison. Her lengthy sentence comes from pleading guilty in other drug cases as well.
Harkins also admitted to supplying heroin to a prisoner at Bucks County Correction Facility in November 2019. She gave some of the heroin to the prisoner and took the rest herself, according to authorities.
The prisoner overdosed and needed two doses of Narcan before reviving.
Harkins also admitted to selling heroin to a confidential informant in September 2019. Finally, she pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance after detectives found meth in her Middletown home in 2018.
Deputy District Attorney Thomas Gannon handled prosecuting Harkins. He thanked two Bristol Township police officers for their determination to get justice.
“For over two years, Officers Dennis Leighton and Edmond O’Brien pursued justice for Matthew Reiner, a young man whose life ended too soon,” said Gannon Wednesday. “Without their exceptional work and relentless effort, today’s result would not be possible.”