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Prosecutors: Man pleads guilty in southern New Jersey woman's drug-related death


TOMS RIVER, New Jersey — A New Jersey man has admitted he played a role in the death of a woman who died from a negative reaction to heroin.

Ocean County prosecutors announced Wednesday that 42-year-old Rufus Young, of Freehold, has pleaded guilty to a drug-induced death count. It stems from the February 2013 death of 23-year-old Jamie Caravella, who was found unresponsive in a Toms River home.

Young faces a 13-year term when he's sentenced Sept. 18. The sentencing judge will decide whether that term runs concurrently or consecutively to a federal sentence Young is now serving.

Young and two other men were charged in Caravella's death. Prosecutors say an autopsy provided a "critical piece of evidence" in the case, but they have not disclosed further details.

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