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Fairview Heights Man Indicted for Heroin Overdose Death

November 10, 2011

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that Joseph L. Robinson, 28, of Fairview Heights, IL, has been indicted by a federal grand jury sitting in Benton, IL, on November 8, 2011, for the federal offense of Distribution of Heroin Resulting in Death.

Please Note: An indictment is a formal charge against a defendant. Under the law, a defendant is presumed to be innocent of a charge and is entitled to a fair trial at which the Government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

According to the indictment, Robinson distributed heroin to Donnie T. Bauman, thereby causing Bauman’s death, between December 20, and December 21, 2010.

Bauman, a Fairview Heights resident, was 22 years old at the time he died.

If convicted, Robinson faces a possible maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

Bauman was arraigned on the indictment and his trial is currently set in United States District Court in East St. Louis, IL, for January 12, 2012.

The investigation which resulted in Robinson’s indictment was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Fairview Heights Police Department.

The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Robert L. Garrison for prosecution.









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