Drug dealer pleads guilty in overdose death

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BURGAW, NC (WWAY) — A Pender County woman is going to prison for selling drugs that led to an overdose.

Melinda Chaulk was originally charged with 2nd degree murder in the death of Matthew Eyster, but in court Wednesday morning, she accepted a plea deal.

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Chaulk pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter.

Matthew Esyter

She sold the controlled substance Opana, a time-released opioid based pill, to Eyster in April of 2016. Eyster overdosed and died.

Chaulk received two consecutive sentences. A judge sentenced her to between 19 to 32 months in prison for involuntary manslaughter and between 14 to 26 months for selling a controlled substance.

Assistant District Attorney Jason Smith says this is going to hold more drug dealers accountable for deaths of addicts.