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Pittsburgh man sentenced in overdose death

The Butler County Courthouse. Butler Eagle file photo
The Butler County Courthouse. Butler Eagle file photo

A Pittsburgh man was sentenced to serve 1 to 6 years in prison Thursday, May 23, for selling drugs to a Cranberry Township man who died from an overdose in January 2022.

Jadan W. Hudson Sr., 23, was sentenced in Common Pleas Court to serve 12 to 72 months in state prison after pleading guilty to possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and involuntary manslaughter charges filed by township police.

Police charged Hudson in September following an investigation into the death of Jae Woong Lee, 39, who was found in his township home on Jan. 8.

A search of Lee’s home turned up 48 glassine bags of suspected heroin, a rolled up $5 bill and his cellular phone.

Police said they traced text messages between Lee and Hudson, which showed an agreement for the sale for 50 stamp bags of heroin for $300 on Jan. 7 at the Sheetz on Freedom Road in the township.

Surveillance video from the Sheetz showed Lee and Hudson meeting in the men’s room on Jan. 7 to conduct the sale.

A toxicology test and autopsy found heroin and a high level of fentanyl in Lee’s system, police said.

Hudson has been held in the county prison in lieu of $50,000 since his arrest.

He was sentenced to concurrently serve 36 to 72 months for the drug charge and 12 to 60 months for the involuntary manslaughter charge. Judge Joseph Kubit imposed the sentence Thursday.

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