Woman accused of selling heroin, leading to fatal overdose, sentenced Thursday

DENVER — A woman with prior felony drug convictions was sentenced to a decade in prison on a charge of selling heroin to a person who overdosed and died.

Kirsten Lippold, 48, of Boulder, was sentenced Thursday to serve 10 years in federal prison on a charge of distributing heroin that resulted in a death.

She is ordered to five years on supervised release after the sentence.

Lippold was indicted by a federal grand jury in Denver on July 13, 2017. She pleaded guilty on May 9, 2018 to distribution of heroin resulting in death.

According to court documents, she is accused of distributing heroin, which resulted in an individual fatally overdosing on or around Aug. 17, 2015 in Boulder.

Lippold, who had prior felony drug convictions, admitted to selling less than a gram of the drug to the deceased person.

“If you are selling even small amounts of heroin in Colorado, know this: Any one of your sales could kill someone. If you don’t care about that, maybe you’ll care about this: You will face mandatory minimum sentences in federal prison, out of state, no parole,” said U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer. 

The investigation was conducted by the Boulder County Drug Task Force, the City of Boulder Police Department and the Fort Collins Resident Agency of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The prosecution was handled by Bradley W. Giles, Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Colorado, Denver.  

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