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Man who sold fatal fentanyl sentenced to prison

Pablo Lugo III admitted selling Kelsey Russell the fentanyl that killed her.

What he denies is being a drug dealer who knew he was selling deadly fentanyl on that day in March four years ago when Russell, a Lockport resident, overdosed and died. Lugo, 27, also of Lockport, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford to 14 years in prison Wednesday.

"Pablo thought he was helping a fellow addict," said defense attorney Cheryl Meyers Buth. "It was never his intention to do anything but help her."

Assistant U.S Attorney Joseph Tripi countered by arguing that Lugo was a drug dealer who knew he was selling fentanyl.

The courtroom galley for Wednesday's sentencing included members of Lugo's and Russell's families.

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