Baltimore man convicted for dealing heroin that killed man in Shippensburg
HARRISBURG, Pa. — The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Eugene Stallings, Jr., age 28, of Baltimore, Maryland, was convicted on February 5, 2015 of heroin trafficking that resulted in death and other charges after a 4-day jury trial in Harrisburg before Chief U.S. District Court Judge Christopher C. Conner.
According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, the jury returned with a guilty verdict to all five counts on the indictment relating to Stallings after less than 2 hours of deliberation. The jury convicted Stallings, aka Bruno, of conspiring to distribute and for distributing more than 100 grams of heroin to Ashley Gries, Danny Forrester, Gabriel Stouffer, and Michael DeCarlo between October 2013 and April 2014. Gries, Forrester and Stouffer traveled from the Shippensburg, Pennsylvania area to purchase heroin from Stallings in Baltimore, and then engaged in heroin trafficking in the Franklin and Cumberland County areas. Gries, Forrester, Stouffer and DeCarlo have pleaded guilty for the roles in the drug trafficking organization.
According to the evidence presented at trial, heroin obtained from Stallings led to the death of 21 year old Kyle Golter in Shippensburg, on February 7, 2014. Franklin County Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner determined that Golter’s death was the result of heroin toxicity. The jury also convicted Stallings of conspiring to distribute and for distributing heroin that resulted in Golter’s death. This charge carries an enhanced penalty requiring a mandatory minimum 20 years’ imprisonment.
U.S. Attorney Smith stated that, “Golter’s death was a senseless tragedy and the serious penalties that the defendant faces reflect the dangerous consequences of trafficking heroin.”
Chief Judge Conner has not scheduled a sentencing date for Stallings, but Stallings will remain detained pending a sentencing hearing.
This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Shippensburg Police Department, and the Cumberland County Drug Task Force. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Meredith A. Taylor and Scott Ford.