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East St. Louis Man Admits Role in Deadly Heroin Overdose

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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — A southwestern Illinois man faces up to life in federal prison after admitting he supplied heroin linked to a man’s deadly 2010 overdose.

Thirty-year-old Joseph Robinson pleaded guilty Wednesday in East St. Louis to distributing the drug that authorities say killed 22-year-old Donnie Bauman. Both men were from Fairview Heights.

Authorities say Robinson sold Bauman $20 worth of heroin about seven hours before Bauman’s relatives found his body in December 2010. Prosecutors say Robinson admits that a syringe found near the body came from him.

Robinson faces at least 20 years in prison when sentenced Sept. 16.

He remains in custody.

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