Woman gets probation for providing fentanyl in overdose death
BENNINGTON — A 50-year-old Bennington woman has been sentenced to 1 to 8 years of probation for providing fentanyl to another woman who overdosed on the drug last year.
Before she was sentenced on Friday, Beth Brace pleaded guilty to selling or dispensing a regulated drug that resulted in the death of Dawn Bossong, 51, according to Bennington Superior Court records.
Police alleged that Brace sold Bossong the opioid painkiller that Bossong ingested shortly before she lost conscious on Jan. 29, 2019, while riding in a friend's car around Bennington. An autopsy found that Bossong died "due to the effects of fentanyl," court documents state.
Brace initially denied selling Bossong any drugs, though she said Bossong came to her looking to buy some that day.
Authorities believe that a common friend of theirs, Rikki Vallee, arranged the drug purchase. A police search of Bossong's cellphone apparently showed she had been communicating with both Brace and Vallee shortly before she passed out.
Vallee, 36, is facing a felony charge of being an accessory to Brace. Vallee pleaded not guilty and is scheduled for jury selection on April 7.
Superior Court Judge John Valente sentenced Brace to probation, which is being supervised by Bennington Probation and Parole. The agency told the Banner that Brace could be released by Feb. 27, 2023, if she successfully completes probation.
Brace was represented by attorney Thomas Enzor. Bennington County Deputy State's Attorney Robert Plunkett prosecuted the case.
Brace and Vallee are among at least nine people who have been charged in connection with drug overdose deaths in Bennington County last year.
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