Guilty Plea From Alleged Drug Dealer Accused In Fatal Overdose

Posted On April 24, 2014

By Mike Perleberg


Adam Joseph Lelli
Dearborn County Sheriff’s Dept.

(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – A guilty plea is being made for an accused drug dealer who police say sold a fatal overdose victim his final batch of heroin.

Last September, Eric DeRosa, 29, was found dead of an overdose at his home in Greendale. A day earlier, DeRosa had allegedly purchased heroin from Adam Lelli, 29, of Lawrenceburg.

Investigators allege Lelli arranged the deal via text message and delivered the drugs to DeRosa by placing it in a mailbox outside the home on Gleneagles Place.

Upon the return of autopsy results confirming DeRosa died of an overdose, Lelli was charged November 19 with Reckless Homicide (Class C felony) and two counts of Dealing in a Narcotic Drug (Heroin) (Class B felony).

According to an April 15 court filing, Dearborn Superior Court I Judge Jonathan Cleary accepted a plea agreement which will have Lelli plead guilty to one count of Dealing in a Narcotic Drug. The reckless homicide and other dealing charge will be dismissed.

Sentencing has been scheduled for May 21 at 10:00 a.m. Lelli faces up to 20 years behind bars.

He remains in jail at the Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center as he has since his arrest November 20.


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