An Irondequoit woman has pleaded guilty to causing an opioid-related death in her home.
Nikki Phillips, 27, pleaded guilty Friday to criminally negligent homicide and third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.
The 31-year-old victim, whose name has not been released by authorities, was found dead in Phillips' home on November 8, 2017. Investigators determined that Phillips had sold fentanyl to the victim just before her death.
Under the plea agreement, Phillips will serve 2-4 years in state prison on the negligent homicide charge, concurrent with a 4-year sentence for selling drugs. She will also be subject to three years of post-release supervision.
The case is part of an increased local effort to hold individuals criminally responsible for supplying drugs that lead to fatal overdoses.
"My office is committed to working hand-in-hand with our law enforcement partners to combat the opioid crisis," said Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley. "The immediate and thorough investigations being conducted by the Monroe County Heroin Task Force allow us to bring individual opioid dealers to justice and send a clear message to the rest of the dealers that we have had enough — this will not stand."
The medical examiner recently reported that in 2017, opioid overdose deaths in Monroe County totaled 220. Through July, 103 people in the county have died from a suspected overdose, according to the Monroe Crime Analysis Center data.
Matthew Schwartz, chief of the Special Investigations Bureau of the Monroe County District Attorney's Office, prosecuted the case. He praised the work of both the Irondequoit Police Department and the Monroe County Heroin Task Force for investigating the case.
"We hope that these guilty pleas will bring some comfort to the victim’s family and friends who continue to mourn the loss of their loved one," Schwartz said.