Dealer sentenced in drug death

Mary Ann Kearns - [email protected]
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COVINGTON — A Mason County man will spend up to 30 years in federal prison for his role in the drug overdose death of an Augusta woman almost two years ago.

Joshua Jett, 34, of Maysville. was sentenced late last month in U.S. District Court in Covington to 360 months in prison for trafficking in heroin resulting in the death of an individual in connection with the Aug.1, 2016, death of Amanda Hill Borgmann.

Borgmann was discovered at the park and ride near the Orangeburg Fire Department, and transported to Meadowview Regional Medical Center where she was pronounced dead. Death was attributed to an overdose of heroin laced with fentanyl.

In a sentencing memorandum filed on Jett’s behalf by his attorney, Dean A. Piscano asked that the sentence be limited to 20 years “sufficient to promote respect for the law…” He also asked that Jett be placed in a drug treatment program.

Piscano said that everyone involved in the incident “was a lifelong junkie. They stayed high all the time…When you ingest heroin it becomes a game of roulette. Tragically, Ms. Borgmann and Mr. Jett both lost.”

According to a sentencing memorandum filed in federal court after charges were filed in the case, Anthony L. Mason, 36, of Flemingsburg, Amanda and her husband, Jonathon Borgmann, were close friends but “unfortunately, they are all heroin addicts.” After being paid for a tree-trimming job in Ohio, Mason and Jonathon Borgmann drove to Maysville to meet Amanda.

“To ward off the effects of withdrawal and feel normal again, all three wanted to buy some heroin,” according to the memorandum. Since Mason had purchased and used heroin in the past from a nearby dealer, Joshua Jett, also charged in the case, they pooled their money, drove to the house where Jett (and Kristian L. Bellamy, 25, lived) where Mason went inside to buy $35 worth of the drug from Jett.”

“On this afternoon, however, unlike his previous heroin purchases, Anthony Mason didn’t know that Jett had just sold him fentanyl-laced heroin,” the memorandum recounts.

Back in Mason’s truck, the three divided the heroin, and, on a back road near Maysville, they shot up and passed out, the document states. About two hours later, Mason and Jonathon Borgmann woke up. Amanda did not; the drug cocktail had been fatal for her.

In June, 2017, Mason was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison on the charge of aiding and abetting with intent to distribute a controlled substance containing heroin and fentanyl for his role in the death of Borgmann.

Tiffany A. Prince, 32, of Louisville, entered a guilty plea to aiding and abetting intent to distribute heroin and fentanyl during an appearance in U.S. District Court in April 2017, before Judge David Bunning. On Aug. 25, 2017. she was sentenced to three years in federal prison and five years supervised release.

Bellamy of Maysville, has entered into a plea agreement on a charge of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance resulting in death but most documents in her case have been sealed by the court and no sentencing date is available.

Borgmann’s mother, in an interview earlier this year, said she was pleased with the outcome of the case.

“Patrick Boggs did a wonderful job in the investigation; they kept in touch with me,” Kimberly Quinlin said. “I was very satisfied with the outcome. The main drug dealer that sold the heroin mixed with fentanyl and morphine is facing 30 years to life and his girlfriend is facing 20 years. So yes, I believe justice has been served.”


Mary Ann Kearns

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