A Boulder woman who sold heroin to another woman who died from an overdose pleaded guilty in United States District Court in Denver on Wednesday to one count of distribution of heroin resulting in death.
Online court records indicate Kirsten Lippold faces 20 years to life in prison when she is sentenced. She is expected to be sentenced in August, according to a news release from United States District Attorney's Office.
A stipulation of facts in a plea agreement state that Lippold, 48, was a heroin addict in 2015 and obtained her drugs from her boyfriend and resold in small quantities. Court records — which only identify the man by his initials — state he and Lippold would drive to Denver regularly, and the man would buy about a half ounce of heroin.
Sometimes, court records indicate, Lippold would hold the drugs during the drive back to Boulder, and once they arrived, she would receive about one gram of heroin, of which she would sell some to other customers in the Boulder area.
Court records indicate that a woman — who was only identified in court records by her initials — called Lippold to discuss buying some heroin, came to Lippold's apartment and bought an agreed-upon amount of drugs.
The woman returned to her home, overdosed and died that day. An autopsy revealed her cause of death as a heroin overdose.
Criminal charges leveled against drug dealers whose customers die from overdoses are not unheard of in Boulder County.
In 2015, Boulder police arrested Nina Isadore Schwartz, then 24, on manslaughter and negligent homicide charges after her boyfriend overdosed and died. She later pleaded guilty to a reduced charge.
Also in 2015, Longmont police, working with the FBI and U.S. Attorney's Office, arrested 12 people involved in a heroin distribution ring and stated at the time that four of the people were involved in drug sales that contributed to at least one overdose death.