A Coopersburg man will serve up to 16 years in state prison for selling the heroin that killed a Sellersville resident, the Bucks County district attorney’s office announced on Crimewatch Thursday.
Lucas Michael Mulloy, 21, pleaded guilty Tuesday to counts of drug delivery resulting in death, involuntary manslaughter, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and other charges related to the sale of heroin in Bucks County, including the dose that killed William Allen, the DA said in a news release.
“Judge Brian T. McGuffin accepted Mulloy’s plea and sentenced the man to a negotiated prison term of 8 to 16 years,” it said.
“Every life is important,” said Assistant District Attorney Ashley C. Towhey. “And any time a life in Bucks County is taken, we will fight to hold all those responsible to account.”
Mulloy’s co-defendants, Daniel Alan Pine and Rachel Kathryn Lambrecht, are scheduled to appear in court on their charges later this year.
Police found that Mulloy in July had sold purported heroin to Lambrecht, who sold a portion of the drugs to Pine who then provided the drugs to 54-year-old Allen, who “had been clean (for) about a month before relapsing,” the news release said.
In a victim impact statement read at the sentencing by an advocate from the Network of Victim Assistance, Allen’s sister described her late sibling as a loving big brother and devoted caretaker to their ailing father.
“Billy’s death has left a huge void in our lives,” she said.
A postmortem examination determined that a mix of heroin, fentanyl and para-fluoroisobutrylfentanyl caused Allen’s death.
Residue containing the same combination of drugs was found near Allen’s body in baggies labeled “Boogie Man,” and authorities used a trail of text messages to trace the drugs’ path through the hands of Pine and Lambrecht to Mulloy, the district attorney’s office said.
The case was investigated by the Bucks County Detectives Drug Strike Force and the Perkasie Borough Police Department, and the ongoing case will be handled by Towhey.
In September 2018, Mulloy was arrested by Hellertown Police on charges of presenting false identification to a law enforcement officer and possession of a controlled substance, according to court records.
In February of this year, according to records, as part of a negotiated plea bargain Mulloy pleaded guilty to the possession charge and was sentenced by Northampton County Judge Leonard Zito to a maximum of 12 months of probation with required periodic, random drug and alcohol screenings.