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January 22, 2014

Former Windham man sent to prison

Woman in his home died of drug overdose

BRENTWOOD — A former Windham man will spend up to three years in state prison in a drug case involving the death of a 20-year-old University of New Hampshire student in 2011.

Joseph Ida, 25, of Woburn, Mass., was ordered yesterday by Rockingham Superior Court Judge Marguerite Wageling to serve a year and a half to three years behind bars for violating the terms of his suspended sentence.

Ida, formerly of Bear Hill Road in Windham, pleaded guilty in November 2012 to two felony charges of possession of a controlled drug as part of a plea bargain. He was ordered to spend seven days in jail and to continue to receive drug treatment as part of his sentence.

Ida was arrested after Ellie Morin, a college student and Windham resident, was found dead in his family’s home Dec. 21, 2011. Police and firefighters, some dressed in hazardous materials suits, were called to the home that morning after Morin was found unresponsive.

Investigators later found a small lab in the attic believed to be used to manufacture drugs. They remained at the house well into the night, and seized heroin and diazepam tablets.

It was later determined that Morin died of a drug overdose and Ida was not responsible for her death.

Ida initially was charged with making the hallucinogenic drug Dimethyltryptamine — known as DMT on the street, police said. He was never indicted on that charge.

Ida was arrested again Dec. 16 in Salem on drug and other charges after police received a call about an unconscious person sitting in a truck in parking lot, according to Deputy police Chief Shawn Patten.

Members of the Salem police force testified in court yesterday that Ida appeared disoriented when officers responded to the lot at Shogun Tattoo at 326 S. Broadway.

Officer Nicholas Turner said Ida was stumbling around outside a gold Ford F-150 pickup when he pulled up in a police cruiser.

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