15 Year Sentence For Dealer In Fatal Heroin Overdose

Posted On May 29, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

Adam Lelli Dearborn County Sheriff's Dept.

Adam Lelli
Dearborn County Sheriff’s Dept.

(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – Adam Lelli is going to prison for dealing heroin to a man who would later fatally overdose on the batch of the narcotic drug.

Last September, the Lawrenceburg resident sold heroin to Eric DeRosa, 29, of Greendale. DeRosa died of an overdose at his home in the Valley Woods neighborhood the following day.

Lelli had delivered the heroin to DeRosa by placing it in the mailbox at his home. Investigators used text messages from DeRosa’s phone to track the heroin to Lelli.

Lelli was initially charged with Reckless Homicide (Class C felony) and two counts of Dealing in a Narcotic Drug (Class B felony). Last month, the 30-year-old reached a plea agreement with prosecutors in which he pleaded guilty to one of the dealing counts while the other two charges were dismissed.

Dearborn Superior Court I Judge Jon Cleary accepted the plea agreement and sentenced Lelli on May 21.  The judge sentenced him to 13 years in prison followed by two more years on probation. He must also pay $368 in court costs.

Lelli was given credit for 366 good time days served in jail since his arrest on November 20.

The Indiana Department of Corrections lists Lelli’s earliest possible release date as May 18, 2020.


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This is such BS. U really think this is going to stop anyone? If he didn't get his dope from Adam he woulda gotten it somewhere else. U can't stop an addict from getting high....taking a decade away from this guy is t gonna solve the problem. Education and rehab is a start....good luck Adam


drug mules are a dime a dozen.. nothing will change until the people way above this guy are stopped and punished.  That being said... still happy with this punishment


good, now the same thing needs to happen to the person that supplied Brianna with the drugs she overdosed on!!