LOCKPORT - A woman who helped dump a man's body in a North Tonawanda park after he died of a heroin and cocaine overdose said being arrested for violating probation might have saved her from a similar fate.
Heather A. Fuller, 27, of Niagara Falls, was sentenced Friday to a year in the Niagara County Jail for violating probation on her guilty plea to attempted tampering with physical evidence, a misdemeanor.
Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon read aloud from a probation officer's report that quoted Fuller as saying she was "glad" she was caught last month. "If you didn't catch me, I would have died from all the heroin I was using," Fuller reportedly said.
She and two others hauled the corpse of David C. Brandl, 22, of Lockport to Mayor's Park in North Tonawanda and left it there after Brandl died in an apartment on Zimmerman Street in North Tonawanda, about a mile from the park, on the night of April 26-27, 2012. A National Grid utility crew found the body the next morning.
The resident of the apartment, Miguel E. Febres, now 37, is still in state prison for evidence tampering and heroin dealing. He's not eligible for parole until 2019.