City Woman to Serve 5 Years in Prison for Distributing Lethal Heroin Dose

Posted: September 30, 2013

The Winchester Star

WINCHESTER — A city woman will serve five years in prison after pleading guilty this morning to involuntary manslaughter and distribution of heroin.

Kimberly Mercer, 49, appeared in Winchester Circuit Court with attorneys David Hensley and William A. “Beau” Bassler, and made the pleas as part of an agreement.

She is charged in the July 22 overdose death of 50-year-old Richard Kuit.

Involuntary manslaughter was a lesser charge to her original charge of second degree murder.

Mercer was sentenced per the agreement to 10 years in prison with eight years suspended on that charge and 10 years in prison with seven years suspended on the distribution charge.

The sentences will run consecutively.

Judge John E. Wetsel Jr. approved the agreement.

Mercer is being held in the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center.

Kuit was found dead in Mercer’s room at America’s Best Value Inn, 1347 Berryville Ave.

According to a search warrant filed in Winchester Circuit Court, Mercer said she called 911 after waking up and finding Kuit — who was staying in a room next to hers — dead in her bed.

For more information about the hearing, read Tuesday’s Winchester Star.

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