Same man before the judge.
Same prison sentence.
Brian Burt today received five years for giving heroin to a man who ending up dying from the drug.
Last week, across the Columbia River in Benton County, Superior Court Judge Robert Swisher sentenced Burt to five years for homicide by controlled substance. Burt had pleaded guilty to supplying heroin to a second man who also died from overdose.
Prosecutors say in all, Burt caused the deaths of five people. He knew the heroin was killing his friends, but prosecutors say Burt continued to deal the drug because he needed money to feed his own addiction.
“Brian Burt remorselessly murdered my son,” Christine Bradley said in a statement read in the courtroom. “I hope he is never allowed to ever walk among others, but if and when he is allowed … never let him out of your sight.”
In a plea agreement with the Benton and Franklin Counties prosecutors, Burt will serve the sentences concurrently.
Judge Swisher recommended Burt take advantage of drug treatment programs available in prison, “But I can’t force someone to get treatment. You have to want it. It’s up to you, Mr. Burt, but you’re responsible for deaths. That would seem to be an incentive.”
Before Swisher signed off on the sentence he said, “People who want to legalize drugs should speak to families affected by drugs. They should speak to addicts.”