Heroin dealer sentenced for woman's fatal overdose

Posted at 11:14 PM, Aug 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-10 10:11:46-04

EL CAJON, Calif. (KGTV) -- A man was sentenced Wednesday for selling heroin to a woman, leading to her fatal overdose. 

The judge ordered 36-year-old Marc Gressingh to one year in prison and seven years of mandatory supervision. 

Gressingh pleaded guilty to selling heroin to 31-year-old Rebecca Mercurio at a taco shop in March 2016. Mercurio was in a drug rehab program, trying to get her children back when she overdosed. Gressingh had a previous conviction for selling narcotics. 

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Mercurio's mom spoke to the judge before the sentencing asking for the strongest punishment. She told 10News she was disappointed with the sentencing. 

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Ninety-one Americans die every day of an opioid overdose.

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Mercurio's family isn't the only family dealing with the consequences of the opioid crisis in San Diego County. The East County Drug Court celebrated a graduation for 14 recovering addicts on Wednesday night.

The ceremony celebrates the end of an intensive program that includes drug treatment, close supervision, and accountability. The program has a 71 percent success rate.