Woman accused of giving teen drug hours before fatal crash gets 3-6 years

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BRENTWOOD, New Hampshire — A New Hampshire woman accused of giving a drug to a 19-year-old woman hours before the teen drove into some cyclists, killing two, has pleaded guilty and has received a three-to-six-year sentence.

Cindy Sheppard was indicted on charges of dispensing a controlled drug and possession of fentanyl, cocaine and methadone. Police said Sheppard gave fentanyl to Darriean Hess last year after Hess was pulled over for speeding. Hours later, the unlicensed Hess was speeding in the same stretch of road when she crossed the center line and hit some cyclists.

Killed were Pamela Wells and Elise Bouchard of Massachusetts.

Prosecutor Karen Springer said Wednesday the 49-year-old Sheppard was a productive member of society until she was injured and lost both legs nine years ago, becoming addicted to painkillers and selling drugs.

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