Former Erie Man Sentenced to 13 Years for Selling Fentanyl that Caused a Fatal Overdose


ERIE, Pa. – A former resident of Erie, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to 13 years in jail on his conviction of violating federal drug laws, Acting United States Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman announced today.

Senior United States District Judge David S. Cercone imposed the sentence on Derrick Lamont Hemphill, Sr., 30 formerly of Erie, Pennsylvania.

According to information presented to the court, and as part of his guilty plea, Hemphill acknowledged his responsibility for the sale of fentanyl that caused the death of K.A.J. on November 26, 2017.

Assistant United States Attorney Paul S. Sellers prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

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Acting United States Attorney Kaufman commended the Erie County District Attorney’s Office County Detective Bureau, the Erie County District Attorney’s Office Drug Task Force, the Millcreek Township Police Department, and the Erie Police Department, with assistance from the Drug Enforcement Administration for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Hemphill.


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