Inmate sentenced to 40 years for fellow inmate's drug overdose death

KOSCIUSKO COUNTY, Ind. -- An inmate who provided drugs to fellow inmate Dennis McCrory in March 2019 has been sentenced to 40 years in prison in connection with McCrory's death, according to court records.

Christopher Susaraba was found guilty of dealing in a controlled substance resulting in death, trafficking with an inmate but the article trafficked is a controlled substance, and habitual offender.

For the dealing and trafficking charges, which were merged, he was sentenced to 30 years in prison with credit for 762 days. He was sentenced to an additional ten years for being a habitual offender, which will be served consecutive to the first charge.

According to court records, Susaraba had meth and heroin in his body cavity before he was taken to the Kosciusko County Jail on March 9, 2019.

Susaraba provided drugs to McCrory, who became lethargic soon after ingesting the drugs, and died at the jail.

The autopsy showed McCrory died from acute mixed drug intoxication.

Susaraba is a suspect in the death of a fellow inmate at the DuComb Center in St. Joseph County.

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