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Posted on Fri, Aug. 26, 2011
Drug dealer sentenced to life for selling heroin that killed man

News-Democrat
 

An East St. Louis drug dealer was sentenced Thursday to life in federal prison for selling an Effingham man the heroin that killed him, according to the United States Attorney's office.

 

Tavis D. Doyle, 43, had been convicted of distribution of heroin resulting in death on Feb. 22 at the conclusion of a two-week trial. He also received concurrent sentences of a combined 80 years in prison for the following convictions: distribution of a controlled substance to a person under 21 and for maintaining drug involved premises.

 

Doyle ran a crack house on Walter Street in East St. Louis, where on May 28, 2009, he sold heroin to Jonathan J.J. Ward.

 

Witnesses testified that Doyle refused to allow anyone at the house to call 911 after Ward collapsed. Instead Doyle attempted to revive Ward by placing frozen meat in his pants. About 12 hours later Ward was taken by acquaintances to Barnes Jewish Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

 

Doyle also was convicted of providing large amounts of crack to a 17-year-old Kentucky runaway who lived with Doyle during 2008.

 

Doyle's attorney John Stobbs could not be reached for comment.

 

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