A 26-year-old Harford County man who helped supply a dosage of the drug that killed another man, received a five-year prison sentence, seven years below the recommended minimum.
Jessie Alimondo, was convicted of manslaughter and conspiracy to distribute heroin in February, following the death of Zachary Beall. At a subsequent hearing in April, Judge Yolanda Curtin reversed the manslaughter and conspiracy charges based on a Court of Appeals ruling that held there must be a direct connection between a defendant's actions and the death the victim for a manslaughter charge to stand.
Alimondo was on probation for one burglary and on parole for another, having been out of prison for about five months at the time.
The events that led to Beall's death began when he and Alimondo decided to drive from Harford County to Baltimore to buy heroin on Sept. 23, 2016. After meeting a dealer whom Alimondo knew, Beall ingested his dosage on the drive back and passed out in the passenger's seat. After finding him unresponsive, Alimondo dragged Beall into his house and drove off. Beall was found dead hours later by his fiance.