Dubuque man pleads guilty in heroin death

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A 50-year-old Dubuque man has pleaded guilty to selling heroin to someone who died from the drug.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says in a news release Monday that Alvin Stanley Briggs, Jr. was convicted after admitting Thursday that he sold $100 worth of heroin in July 2012 to an individual identified in court filings only as S.R., who died as a result of the drug.

U.S. District Court Judge Linda Reade will sentence Briggs after a presentence report is completed.

Briggs faces a sentence of at least 20 years in prison, with a maximum of life imprisonment and a $1 million fine.

The case was investigated by the Platteville, Wis., police department and Dubuque, Iowa, Drug Task Force.

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