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July 16, 2013

Haverhill woman gets 10 years for drug death

Prison ordered because she gave methadone to friend

HAVERHILL — A local woman convicted of giving methadone to a New Hampshire woman who died of an overdose has been sentenced to at least 10 years in prison.

Sabreena Morgan, 22, of Haverhill was found guilty in April in the death of Angela Campbell, 22, of Rochester, N.H. The verdict came from a jury in Strafford, N.H., County Superior Court.

Morgan provided the methadone that led to Campbell’s death in June 2010.

Prosecutors sought 15 years to life in prison as allowed under state law. Morgan’s lawyer argued that sentence would be too harsh and asked for a maximum of five to 20 years. Judge John Lewis ordered the 10-year sentence at a hearing last week.

Morgan tearfully addressed the court and apologized to Campbell’s family and her own family.

The judge also ordered Morgan to pay $60,558 for Campbell’s hospital treatment and funeral expenses. Of that, $56,954 is owed to Maine Medical Center and $3,604 is owed to Campbell’s mother, Maryann Campbell, for the funeral.

Members of Campbell’s family also spoke in court during the sentencing hearing. Campbell’s aunt, Michelle Register, acknowledged that her niece had made a mistake in taking the drug.

“But a piece of everyone died with Angela,” she said.

“Not a moment goes by without thoughts of Angela,” Maryann Campbell said of her daughter.

In June 2010, Morgan provided Campbell with a lethal dose of liquid methadone. Campbell overdosed and died. No other substances were found in Campbell’s system. Morgan was charged with distributing a drug that caused a death.

Morgan’s mother, Jackie Ross, talked about difficult times with her daughter. She said Morgan, at 16 years old, met her future husband and had a child with him when she was 17. That child was taken away from Morgan, as was her second child.

At the sentencing hearing, Morgan said the situation is tragic for everyone involved. She said the decision she made to give the methadone to Campbell is, unfortunately, not one she can take back.

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