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Heroin charge reduced

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David Brazy
June 17, 2011
— A Beloit man accused of dealing heroin to a Milton man who later died of a drug overdose pleaded guilty Thursday to a reduced charge of distributing heroin.

The four-day trial for David W. Givhan, 25, had been scheduled to begin Monday.


Assistant District Attorney Richard Sullivan said the prosecution offered the plea agreement to Givhan at an earlier date, but Givhan refused.


After the details of the plea agreement were explained again to Givhan, he accepted the deal.


Givhan is representing himself in the case.


"(The amended charge) seemed appropriate under the circumstances," Sullivan said.


He declined to comment further about the reasons for the plea agreement.


Givhan originally was charged with felony first-degree reckless homicide on suspicion he sold heroin in Beloit to Luc A. Marsh, 29, on March 31, 2009.


Marsh later was found dead from an overdose in a bathroom at the Edgerton hospital where he worked.


As a part of the plea agreement, the defense and the prosecution will recommend Givhan receive five years probation for the distribution charge.


He could be sentenced to up to 122 years in prison and a fine of $25,000.


Givhan is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Kenneth Forbeck 11 a.m. August 2.



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