Albany Man Sentenced to 54 Months in Connection with Heroin Overdose Death
ALBANY, NEW YORK – Ronald T. Showers, age 42, of Albany, was sentenced today to 54 months in prison, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release, for possessing and intending to distribute heroin that caused the death of a 19-year-old woman.
The announcement was made by United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian and Vadim D. Thomas, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
Showers pled guilty in January 2017 to possessing while intending to distribute heroin. Showers admitted that on September 13, 2014, he hid the heroin in a car belonging to a 19-year-old woman residing in Schenectady, who died from a heroin overdose the following day.
In sentencing Showers, United States District Judge Mae A. D’Agostino found that the heroin that killed the 19-year-old woman was the heroin that Showers had placed in the woman’s car. Judge D’Agostino told Showers, “You gave the victim access to the drugs that extinguished her life.” She added, “When you leave heroin in a 19-year-old’s car, bad things happen. And a tragedy happened here.”
This case was investigated by the FBI, Schenectady Police Department, and the New York State Police, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Barnett.