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Guilty plea in Schenectady overdose death case

Guilty plea in Schenectady overdose death case

He is expected to receive 10 years in prison
Guilty plea in Schenectady overdose death case
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ALBANY -- An Albany man accused of supplying fentanyl to a Schenectady County woman who overdosed and died has pleaded guilty in connection with the case, records show.

Daniel J. Fillerup, 34, appeared in court on Dec. 20 and pleaded guilty to a federal charge of distribution of a controlled substance.

He is expected to be sentenced in April to 10 years in federal prison. The maximum term for the conviction is 20 years.

He was originally charged in March 2018 with distribution with death resulting, a charge that carried a potential term of up to life in prison.

Fillerup was accused of giving fentanyl to a woman -- identified by prosecutors only as "K.C." -- in Schenectady on Sept. 29, 2016. When it became apparent that she was in medical distress, Fillerup brought her to Ellis Hospital, where, minutes later, he left her. Schenectady police found him later that day.

The woman's cause of death was cardiac arrhythmia due to fentanyl intoxication. Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid pain medication often mixed with heroin.

The case was investigated by the FBI and Schenectady Police Department, with assistance from the Saratoga County Sheriff's Office. 

Fillerup admitted to supplying the woman with two bags of heroin the day she died.

Fillerup told investigators K.C. contacted him via text message. He purchased five bags of heroin with money she gave him. He bought two bags for her and five for himself. She used one, he told investigators, and he used all five of the bags he kept for himself, before he fell unconscious. When he woke up, K.C. was unresponsive, he told investigators, according to his plea agreement. He said he drove her to her car, then to the hospital when she still wasn't responding.

Fillerup's prosecution follows federal prosecutions in two other Schenectady-connected overdose deaths.

Matthew Charo, of Saratoga Springs, received 10 years in prison in December 2017 for his role in the death of Saratoga Springs resident Katie-Lynn Scheidt. Charo accompanied Scheidt to Schenectady in October 2014 to purchase heroin for her. She later overdosed on the drug and died.

Also, Ronald Showers was sentenced to 54 months in federal prison in the summer of 2017 for his role in the death of a Schenectady woman. He admitted he put a bundle of heroin in her car. She was found dead the next day with the bundle in her bedroom.

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