Oil City Woman Involved in Heroin Overdose Death Resentenced Following Drug Arrest

| January 26, 2019

FRANKLIN, Pa (EYT) – An Oil City woman who was involved in a heroin overdose death of a man in Venango County in February of 2017 was resentenced on Friday.

According to court documents, on Friday, January 25, 2019, Judge Robert L. Boyer re-sentenced 38-year-old Crystal M. Breck to two years of confinement in the State Intermediate Punishment Program for a second-degree misdemeanor charge of Recklessly Endangering Another Person. This resentencing is the result of a probation violation for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Breck has been lodged at SCI Muncy since November 1, 2018.

On December 5, 2017, she was sentenced to 24 months probation for her involvement in the heroin overdose death case.

Breck was also ordered to complete 25 hours of community service within 180 days, according to the schedule established by and under the supervision of the Community Service Coordinator.

She had entered a negotiated guilty plea to Recklessly Endangering Another Person.

Details of the Case

According to the criminal complaint filed in District Judge Andrew Fish’s office, Pa. State Police responded to an area on Upper Sage Road on Sunday, February 26, for a report of an overdose victim, Derek Black, Jr.

Seneca Volunteer Fire Department EMS personnel and Community Ambulance of Oil City also responded to the scene.

Black later died after using an unspecified amount of heroin, according to the complaint.

The state police transferred the case to Oil City Police.

Patrolman Cory Ruditis and Chief Bob Wenner later spoke with Thomas Crose and Tara Bowden.

They allegedly admitted to being involved in the delivery of heroin to Black, Clifton McCloud, and Breck, the complaint states.

Bowden also allegedly admitted she traveled to the residence of Mae Shirey in Oil City where Shirey provided Bowden with one gram of heroin that was then sold to Black, McCloud, and Breck, the complaint indicates.

Bowden then returned to her home and allegedly gave heroin to Crose. Crose then met with Black, McCloud, and Breck and sold them heroin for $200.00, according to the complaint.

Black, McCloud, and Breck then traveled to an unknown location in a black rental SUV vehicle that McCloud was driving, and they began to use heroin that they bought from Crose. Black then began showing signs of overdosing. He was carried to the SUV, and they drove around looking for NARCAN which is used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, the complaint continues.

According to statements made, Black was driven around for 45 to 90 minutes without anyone asking for medical help. After failing to find NARCAN, they traveled to the Upper Sage Road area where Black was removed from the SUV, and many people began to call for medical help, according to the complaint.


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