N.J. man sentenced in ex-girlfriend’s overdose death

    A northern New Jersey man who gave his former girlfriend the heroin that resulted in her fatal overdose has been sentenced to five years in state prison.

    Matthew Weisholz of Lincoln Park pleaded guilty in August to first-degree liability in a drug-induced death and third-degree heroin possession. He received a separate five-year sentence for the latter offense, but both of the sentences imposed Friday will run concurrently.

    Morris County prosecutors say the 28-year-old Weisholz gave the drug to Erin Idone, a 29-year-old Montville resident, on March 5. She was found dead in her home the following day.

    Prosecutors say Idone was a former heroin user who had not used the drug for about four months before she relapsed. She had recently returned to New Jersey from an out-of-state rehabilitation facility.

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