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An accused heroin dealer from Summit County is facing a homicide charge after allegedly selling a fatal dose of heroin to an Aurora man in November 2015.
Andrew D. Bourassa, 28, of Hudson, was indicted by a Portage County grand jury on one count each of involuntary manslaughter, a first-degree felony; corrupting another with drugs, a second-degree felony; and trafficking in heroin, a fifth-degree felony.
Bourassa pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in December in Portage County Common Pleas Court and was released after posting $2,000 bond. Judge Becky Doherty ordered Bourassa to undergo weekly drug tests while free on bond, and set a trial date in April, according to court records.
The charges against Bourassa were filed after a Portage County Drug Task Force investigation into the Nov. 11, 2015, overdose death of 27-year-old Scott Haney of Aurora.
Bourassa allegedly sold Haney less than 1 gram of heroin, leading to his death, according to Bourassa's indictment.
If convicted, Bourassa faces a range of three to 11 years in prison on the involuntary manslaughter charge, two to eight years in prison on the corrupting charge and up to one year in prison on the heroin trafficking charge.
Haney was one of more than 30 people who died in Portage County in 2015 as the result of accidental drug overdoses, with a majority involving heroin. In 2014, 18 people died of heroin overdoses.
Portage County Prosecutor Victor Vigluicci said last year that he has directed police in the county to investigate the source of drugs used in fatal overdoses in case they can be linked to dealers, who may then face charges.
A message seeking comment on the charges was left with Bourassa's attorney, Eric Harsey.