MAY 16 (ALEXANDRIA, Va.) – Kyle Alifom, 20, of Vienna, Va., was sentenced today to 80 months in prison for tampering with evidence by hiding the body of Emylee Lonczak, a 16-year-old girl from McLean, Va. who died after a heroin overdose.
Karl C. Colder, Special Agent in Charge for the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Washington Field Division; Dana J. Boente, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Mark R. Herring, Attorney General of Virginia; and Colonel Edwin C. Roessler Jr., Fairfax County Chief of Police, made the announcement after Alifom was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Claude M. Hilton.
In a statement of facts filed with the plea agreement, Alifom admitted that he and three other individuals, including Emylee Lonczak, traveled from Virginia into Washington, D.C. to purchase heroin. All four people used the heroin, and Lonczak became unconscious. The group traveled back to Virginia, and one of the other individuals dropped off the defendant and Lonczak, who remained unconscious, at the defendant’s residence in Vienna.
Alifom and the other individual put Lonczak in a basement bedroom. The following morning, Alifom discovered that Lonczak had died. Alifom then dragged Lonczak’s body into a wooded area behind a neighbor’s house and covered the body with an abandoned window screen that he found nearby. The Fairfax County Police Department located Lonczak’s body approximately one day later. An autopsy and toxicology report confirmed that Lonczak had a fatal level of heroin in her system.
This case was investigated by the DEA and Fairfax County Police Department, Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael P. Ben’Ary, Virginia Assistant Attorney General and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Marc J. Birnbaum are prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.justice.gov/usao/vae. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.vaed.uscourts.gov or on https://pcl.uscourts.gov.