Brookville sentenced for trafficking in a controlled substance resulting in death


Seth Donohue was sentenced on August 10 in Dearborn II Superior Court.

Seth Donohue. File photo.

(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – Sentencing has been handed down to a Brookville man for his role in the deaths of two local men.

Seth Donohue was sentenced Aug. 10 to 25 years in prison, followed by 15 years of supervised probation.

Donohue’s sentencing comes after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit trafficking in a controlled substance causing death, resulting in the 2020 deaths of Jacob Berting and Garrett Johnson.

Both died of fentanyl overdoses, with Donohue responsible for selling the drug.

“This is a tragic case involving the deaths of two young men who dealt with the demons of drug use,” Dearborn-Ohio County District Attorney Lynn Deddens said. “Through the hard work and cooperation of Franklin County District Attorney Chris Huerkamp, ​​Dearborn and Franklin Counties Law Enforcement, and the Indiana State Police, we were able to obtain this condemnation. While this result will not bring the lives of these two young men back, it may save others from a similar fate and warn drug traffickers that the distribution of fentanyl will not be tolerated in our communities.

Donohue’s co-defendant, Karina Gonzalez, is due on Nov. 15.

She was originally charged in November 2020 with conspiracy to commit trafficking in a Schedule II controlled substance resulting in death (felony level 1), trafficking in a Schedule II controlled substance resulting in the death (felony level 1) and trafficking in a narcotic (felony level 5).

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