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Former Coraopolis Man Pleads Guilty to Distributing Fentanyl and Accepts Responsibility for Causing Death of Victim

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH - A former resident of Coraopolis, PA, has plead guilty to a federal narcotics charge, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

Cleo Maurice Bronaugh, 42, pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of fentanyl before United States District Court Judge Nora Barry Fischer. As part of his guilty plea, Bronaugh also accepted responsibility for causing the death of victim L.T. Bronaugh has been detained since his initial appearance in federal court and will remain detained pending sentencing.

According to information presented to the court, on March 5, 2017, Bronaugh delivered a quantity of fentanyl to an individual identified as L.T. in Moon Township, PA. Later L.T. ingested the fentanyl and died as a result of fentanyl toxicity.

Judge Fischer scheduled his sentencing for Dec. 19, 2019 at 9 a.m. The law provides for a maximum sentence of not more than 30 years in prison and/or a fine of not more than $1,000,000. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorneys Timothy M. Lanni is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Moon Township Police, Allegheny County Police, and the Drug Enforcement Agency conducted the investigation that led to the Indictment in this case.

Updated August 6, 2019

Drug Trafficking