SNOW HILL — In what could be test case of sorts in the ongoing battle against opioid addiction in Worcester, a Berlin man found guilty in May of involuntary manslaughter after supplying heroin to another man prior to a fatal overdose was sentenced on Tuesday to 10 years in prison.
Robert Franklin Skinkle, 26, was sentenced to 16 years with all but 10 years suspended for the heroin distribution conviction and 10 years for the involuntary manslaughter count, netting a total 10-year sentence. He was also placed on probation for two-and-a-half years upon his release and fined $500.
Following Skinkle’s conviction in May, Worcester County State’s Attorney Beau Oglesby said overdoses are now being treated as crime scenes with investigations targeting dealers who supplied the fatal doses. In June, another Berlin man was sentenced to 35 years for supplying methadone in a fatal overdose case and there are more cases in the prosecution pipeline.