FLEMINGTON, NJ – A fatal overdose that happened here in January has led to a guilty plea, according to a press release from Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns, III.

Richard Deo, 37, of Elizabeth, pled guilty to first-degree strict liability for a drug induced death, Kearns said in the statement.

Deo was arrested on Feb. 13.

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He pled guilty yesterday, Kearns said, and will appear before Judge Angela F. Borkowski on April 20. He could face a 20-year prison sentence, the prosecutor said previously.

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