A Moro woman has pleaded guilty to lesser charges in connection with two heroin related deaths last year. 28 year old Angella R. Halliday agreed to plead guilty to drug charges in exchange for charges of drug induced homicide being dropped in the deaths of 30 year old Joshua Rogers of Godfrey in May and 27 year old Benjamin Berkenbile of Worden in April of 2011.
Authorities say Halliday sold drugs from the Redwood Motel on Godfrey Road, but based on recent cases of heroin-related deaths in Madison County, prosecutors apparently could not prove that deaths were a direct result of drug sales in Illinois. State law indicates that drug sales must be made in the state in order to apply the law, and in recent heroin death cases, many times the drugs have been purchased in St. Louis. Two people, Brian Beckham of East Alton and Adam Butler of St. Louis, had drug induced homicide charges against them dropped in Rogers death. Halliday pleaded to charges of selling drugs within 1,000 feet of a church in one case, and within 1,000 feet of a school in another. She faces up to seven years in jail, or could earn only probation when she is sentenced.