Illinois man pleads guilty to distributing heroin to two women who overdosed

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FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Ill. (KSDK) - A 47-year-old man has pleaded guilty to federal drug charges stemming from the death of two women from heroin overdoses who visited the home he shared with his mother.

Douglas Oliver pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy to distribute heroin, possession with intent to distribute heroin and maintaining drug-involved premises. His mother, Deborah Perkins, pleaded guilty to the same charges of Aug. 1.

During his plea hearing, Oliver admitted that he had given heroin to both Jesse Williams, 30, and Jennifer Herling, 20, shortly before each died.

Williams visited Oliver and Perkins' home at 20 Kassing Drive in March 2012. Oliver and Perkins both admitted that Williams died after ingesting heroin in their home, and that they had her body transported to East St. Louis, where police found her remains two weeks after she died.

Herling died of a heroin overdose six months later in Oliver and Perkins' home.

Oliver, who is scheduled for sentencing in December, faces between 20 years and a life sentence in prison.


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