Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - A Rochester drug dealer’s estimated release date from prison is being extended because of the death of one of his customers.

Olmsted County Judge Kathy Wallace today sentenced 54-year-old Darnell McDaniels to just over 13 years in prison for selling heroin to a 35-year-old man who died of an overdose of the drug at a halfway house in Rochester in January 2015. The judge previously found McDaniels guilty of third-degree murder after he decided to forgo a jury trial in the case.

At the time of the deadly overdose, Rochester police indicated they suspected McDaniels had been selling heroin to other people who suffered non-lethal overdoses. He was
convicted of a third degree drug sale charge last year and was given a four year prison sentence.

Prior to today’s sentencing hearing, his estimated release date was October of next year.


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