A Frederick, Maryland man has been sentenced to fifteen years behind bars.  

Justyn Robinson-Clipper, 23, entered an Alford Plea for the distribution of heroin after a 17-year-old was found dead. In the press release sent by the Frederick County State’s Attorney Office, an Alford Plea “is a guilty plea whereby a defendant does not admit to the criminal conduct, but admits the state has enough evidence to prove him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.” 

The Honorable Julia Martz-Fisher found him guilty and sentenced him to 20 years, but with all 15 years suspended. 

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office conducted the investigation in June 2016 after the victim, Alyssa Honaker, was found dead in her bed. An autopsy showed that she died of narcotic intoxication. During the investigation, police found messages between the defendant and Honaker related to the sale and distribution of heroin.