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Re-parole in drug death case

October 20, 2017 News Extra

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A former Butler County woman who was previously sentenced to time-served after being accused of helping to provide fentanyl-laced heroin that resulted in the death of Joshua Lee Stitt on Sept. 16, 2015, was re-paroled in Butler County Court on Friday, after admitting to violating her parole by using drugs.

Julia L. Zaludek, 26, admitted that she tested positive for narcotics, and her parole was revoked by county Judge William Shaffer. Shaffer then re-paroled Zaludek with no credit for street time.

Shaffer also allowed the supervision to be transferred to Allegheny County, where Zaludek now resides and is in intensive outpatient treatment.

She had previously been sentenced to three to six months in Butler County Prison, immediately paroled on time served and ordered to undergo 54 months of county probation.

Both defense and prosecuting attorneys noted her cooperation at the time of sentencing, which led to the arrest and charges against two other individuals involved — Justin O. Newman, 28, of Brady Township, and William C. Thomas III, 32, formerly of Homestead.

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