Vienna Man Pleads Guilty in Connection with Heroin Overdose Death of McLean Teenager
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Kyle Alifom, 20, of Vienna, Va., pleaded guilty today to tampering with evidence for hiding the body of Emylee Lonczak, a 16-year-old from McLean, Va. who died after a heroin overdose.
Dana J. Boente, Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Karl C. Colder, Special Agent in Charge for Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Washington Field Division; and Colonel Edwin C. Roessler Jr., Fairfax County Chief of Police, made the announcement after the plea was accepted by United States District Judge Claude M. Hilton.
Alifom faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison when he is sentenced on May 16, 2014.
In a statement of facts filed with the plea agreement, Alifom admitted that he and three other individuals, including Emylee Lonczak, traveled from Virginia into Washington, D.C. to purchase heroin. All four people used the heroin, and Lonczak became unconscious. The group traveled back to Virginia, and one of the other individuals dropped off the defendant and Lonczak, who remained unconscious, at the defendant’s residence in Vienna, Va.
Alifom and the other individual put Lonczak in a basement bedroom. The following morning, Alifom discovered that Lonczak had died. Alifom then dragged Lonczak’s body into a wooded area behind a neighbor’s house and covered the body with an abandoned window screen that he found nearby. The Fairfax County Police Department located Lonczak’s body approximately one day later. An autopsy and toxicology report confirmed that Lonczak had a fatal level of heroin in her system.
This case was investigated by the Fairfax County Police Department and the DEA. Assistant United States Attorney Michael P. Ben’Ary is prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.justice.gov/usao/vae. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.vaed.uscourts.gov or on https://pcl.uscourts.gov.