Jury convicts Easton man of promoting medicine that led to man's dying

A 46-year-old man from the Lehigh Valley has been convicted after being accused of promoting the heroin/fentanyl that killed a person at a Milford Township cemetery in November 2019.

Jose David Maldonado, of Easton, was discovered responsible of drug supply leading to dying, possession with intent to ship a managed substance, involuntary manslaughter, prison use of a communication facility, and recklessly endangering one other individual, in response to a information launch from the Bucks County District Lawyer’s Workplace.

Widespread Pleas Choose Jeffrey L. Finley revoked Maldonado’s bail and deferred sentencing for 60 days following the decision.

For 3 days, jurors heard testimony and reviewed proof exhibiting Maldonado offered the lethal medicine that killed Jerry Carpenter, 23, of Perkasie, the DA’s workplace mentioned. The investigation additionally discovered one among Carpenter’s mates suffered violent seizures from the medicine and was hospitalized, in response to the information launch.

The DA’s workplace says investigators with the Pennsylvania State Police and Bucks County Detectives recognized Maldonado as the vendor by way of a monthslong investigation that included interviews, search warrants, and forensic examinations of cellphone information and social media conversations.

“The actual credit score on this case goes to the diligence of the investigators, significantly Pennsylvania State Police and the Bucks County Detectives, who by no means gave up hope of their quest for justice for Jerry Carpenter,” Chief Deputy District Lawyer Christopher Rees mentioned.

The investigation started the morning of Nov. 13, 2019, after state troopers with PSP Troop M, Dublin Barracks, responded to the St. John’s Lutheran Church cemetery in Milford Township for the report of a deceased male on a paved strolling path. The male was later recognized as Carpenter. Police positioned drug paraphernalia close to Carpenter, together with a glassine bag containing a substance later discovered to include heroin and fentanyl, in response to the DA’s workplace.

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An post-mortem confirmed Carpenter’s reason for dying was fentanyl and heroin toxicity, the DA’s workplace mentioned.

That very same day, troopers responded to a house in Milford Township the place emergency medical personnel transported a 25-year-old man to the hospital after struggling quite a few seizures. Police discovered Carpenter and the 25-year-old man knew one another and had been collectively the day earlier than, once they visited Carpenter’s financial institution in Perkasie earlier than driving to Quakertown to fulfill Maldonado to purchase medicine outdoors a enterprise on North West Finish Boulevard / 309, in response to the information launch. After leaving Maldonado, the 2 males drove to St. John’s Lutheran Church, the place the proof reveals each used the opiates, the DA’s workplace mentioned.

Carpenter’s good friend suffered a seizure on the cemetery and misplaced consciousness. When he wakened, Carpenter was on the bottom subsequent to him, in response to the information launch.

Maldonado was arrested months later following a drug investigation in Bethlehem, Northampton County. On the day of his arrest, Maldonado had heroin and fentanyl in his possession, the DA’s workplace mentioned. PSP charged Maldonado with Carpenter’s dying in Bucks County in December 2020.

The case was investigated by Pennsylvania State Police-Dublin Barracks, led by Trooper Jordan Rhodes with the Legal Investigations Unit, and the Bucks County Detectives. Chief Deputy District Lawyer Christopher Rees prosecuted the case.