A Baltimore man who admitted injecting a friend with a lethal dose of heroin will avoid a jail sentence provided he successfully completes a drug-rehabilitation program.
William Sterling Dubbert, 32, who pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment on April 6, was given a five-year suspended sentence yesterday by Circuit Judge Dennis M. Sweeney.
Dubbert, who has numerous convictions for possession of drugs, is scheduled to enter the Second Genesis yearlong inpatient drug-treatment program in Crownsville on July 7, said Public Defender Anthony Lyons, Dubbert's attorney.
Dubbert confessed to police that he sold heroin last August to Dennis Gerard Seal, 34, and injected him with the drug. Seal was found dead of a drug overdose in the parking lot of Duke's Place bar in Sykesville.
Senior Assistant State's Attorney Christine Gage recommended that Dubbert receive a five-year jail sentence.
"A man's life was lost based on the conduct of the defendant," Gage said. "Due to the fact of a serious history of prior offenses, the court should follow the guide lines and sentence the defendant to five years."
The decision to allow Dubbert to enter a drug-treatment program stems from a sentencing on other drug charges he faced in Carroll County.
Carroll Circuit Judge Francis M. Arnold gave Dubbert a six-year, 60-day suspended sentence on March 11 for violating his probation on a drug-possession conviction in Carroll. The suspension of the sentence was contingent on Dubbert being accepted into the Second Genesis program.
"We have one last chance to get you on another path," Sweeney told Dubbert. Second Genesis is the last shot for you. If that fails, I'm going to give every consideration to giving up on you."
Dubbert also faces a 10-year suspended sentence imposed by a Baltimore County Circuit Court judge for a drug conviction.