Drug Enforcement Administration


Keith Martin , Special Agent in Charge

June 23, 2014

Contact: Brian McNeal

Phone Number: (571) 362-1498

Kentucky Man Pleads Guilty To Selling Heroin That Resulted In Overdose Death

June 23, 2014
Contact: Public Information Officer
Number: (313) 234-4310

COVINGTON, Ky. - A Covington, Ky., man admitted in federal court today he sold heroin that resulted in a death.  Timothy Tingle-Brown, 29, pleaded guilty today to causing the death of John Baum by distributing heroin before U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning.
Tingle-Brown admitted selling heroin to John Baum at an apartment in Taylor Mill, Kentucky, on April 20, 2013.  Baum subsequently died from a heroin overdose, from the heroin sold to him by Tingle-Brown.
A federal grand jury in Covington returned an indictment on September 12, 2013, charging Tingle-Brown with distribution of heroin resulting in death.  The trial in this matter had begun on April 20, 2014, with jury selection, when Tingle-Brown decided to plead guilty. 

Kerry B. Harvey, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, and James V. Allen, Acting Special Agent in Charge, of the U.S Drug Enforcement’(DEA) Detroit Field Division, jointly announced the guilty plea.

The investigation was conducted by the Cincinnati Resident Office of the DEA, the Taylor Mill Police Department, and the office of the Kenton County Commonwealth Attorney. The U.S. Attorney’s Office was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tony Bracke. 

Tingle-Brown is scheduled to be sentenced on September 30, 2014. He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison and a maximum fine of $1million.  All sentences are imposed after consideration of the U.S Sentencing Guidelines.
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