FLEMINGTON, NJ – A man’s admission in court that he sold the heroin and fentanyl that led to an overdose death in Clinton Township has ended with a sentence to state prison, according to a press release from Hunterdon County Acting Prosecutor Michael J. Williams.

Richard J. Ricciardi, 47, of Easton, Pa, was sentenced yesterday for first-degree strict liability for the drug-induced death.

Ricciardi was charged last May after a joint investigation by detectives from the Prosecutor’s Narcotics Task Force and Clinton Township police. 

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A Hunterdon County Grand Jury indicted Ricciardi on the charge last June. He pled guilty on March 26. Ricciardi was sentenced by Judge Angela F. Borkowski’s to seven years in state prison, to be followed by five years parole upon his release.

Williams commended Clinton Township Police Det. Sgt. Larry Anthes and Prosecutor’s Det. William Musacchio “for their hard work and perseverance during this investigation. 

“The Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office will continue to use all available resources to seek out and prosecute those who deal or distribute drugs in Hunterdon,” Williams said.  “We have witnessed too many deaths and too much pain caused by the drug epidemic that has swept this country. Those responsible for dealing drugs that result in a fatal overdose will be prosecuted and brought to justice.”