Plea deal for woman who allegedly supplied drug hours before Hampton double fatalBy JAMES A. KIMBLE
Union Leader Correspondent
August 20. 2014 10:13PM
BRENTWOOD — A woman accused of giving fentanyl to a 19-year-old driver who struck and killed two bicyclists along Route 1A in Hampton was given a two- to six-year prison term on Wednesday, but could soon walk free if she is granted parole.
Cindy Sheppard, 48, of Hampton pleaded guilty on Wednesday to two counts of possession of a controlled drug while released on bail.
One of the injured cyclists, Uwe Uhmeyer, told Sheppard that her sentence was “not at all commensurate” with the loss of life and injuries involved. “I hope Cindy remembers the extent of what happened here,” Uhmeyer said in court. “And when she is released, I hope she goes on to live a law-abiding life.”
Sheppard received a three- to six-year prison term with a year reduced for participation in a residential drug treatment program.
The plea deal allows for Sheppard to currently be eligible for parole given the time she has already spent behind bars, according to her lawyer Adam Bernstein. Sheppard began serving an identical prison sentence in January after pleading guilty to dealing crack cocaine and heroin. Wednesday’s prison sentence will run concurrently.
Sheppard admitted on Wednesday to providing a dose of fentanyl to Darriean Hess, of Seabrook, who is charged with manslaughter and negligent homicide for allegedly veering a 2002 Honda into a group of cyclists last Sept. 21, killing two of them.
Pamela Wells, 60, and Elise Bouchard, 52, both of Massachusetts, died from their injuries.
Sheppard also admitted to possessing cocaine and methadone along with the doses of fentanyl when she was arrested again by Hampton police shortly after the Sept. 21 crash. She was free on bail at the time following her arrest in June by Hampton police. She had two prescriptions of fentanyl at the time and received other prescription drugs through her doctor.
Sheppard already spent 330 days in county jail, which counts toward her two state prison sentences.