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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Man Who Distributed Drugs That Caused Overdose Death Of Pregnant Woman In Fayette County Sentenced To Thirty Years

LEXINGTON, Ky. – A Lexington man, who pled guilty to distributing fentanyl which caused the overdose death of a pregnant Fayette County woman, has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison.

On Tuesday, Senior U.S. District Judge Joseph Hood sentenced Fred Rebmann, 31, to 360 months’ imprisonment for distributing a controlled substance that resulted in death.  Under federal law, Rebmann must serve at least 85 percent of his sentence. 

Rebmann previously admitted that, in February of this year, he sold the pregnant woman a controlled substance that was believed to be heroin.  Instead, however, the drug was fentanyl, an extremely powerful opioid that can be as much as 50 times more potent than heroin.  She consumed the drugs and died. 

Toxicology reports confirmed that she had five times the therapeutic dose of fentanyl in her system and no traces of heroin or other controlled substances.  The report also concluded that, had it not been for the fentanyl, she would not have died.

“This case demonstrates why we use tough federal laws to prosecute drug dealers who sell poison that kills,” said Kerry B. Harvey, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky. “For less than $100, the Defendant sold an obviously pregnant woman one of the deadliest drugs commonly available on our streets. The tragic result was all too predictable. Moreover, it is unacceptable, and we will use every prosecutorial tool available to us in order to protect our community from this predatory criminal conduct.”

U.S. Attorney Harvey, Timothy J. Plancon, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration, and Mark Barnard, Chief of Police, Lexington Police Department, jointly announced the sentence.

The investigation was conducted by DEA and the Lexington Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Todd Bradbury prosecuted this case on behalf of the federal government.

Drug Trafficking
Updated December 14, 2016