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SAN ANTONIO – A San Antonio man has pleaded guilty to giving his wife fentanyl and leaving her alone in a hotel room where she overdosed and died, according to federal authorities.
Patrick James Hall, 28, has been charged with distribution of deadly fentanyl. He pleaded guilty Wednesday and is scheduled to be sentenced June 15, according to a press release from the US Attorney’s Office.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Hall was selling fentanyl in blue pill form disguised as oxycodone. He was selling the drug in the hotel, where he met the 20-year-old victim on October 28, 2020.
At some point, the woman overdosed on the pill and became unconscious for an “extended period of time,” the report said.
He had a missed call from a friend, and Hall later returned the call. Hall told his friend he had to get the woman because she had overdosed.
He then left the hotel room without calling 911, authorities said.
The woman’s friend called the authorities, and they responded to the hotel. The news report states that when they arrived, the woman had already been dead “for some time.”
“The toxicology report showed that the amount of fentanyl in the victim’s blood was 24 times higher than the lethal dose,” the report says.
Hall was arrested on November 19, 2020. The release said he sold the pills to several people and even overdosed on the pills himself.
Hall faces up to 20 years to life in prison. The Drug Enforcement Agency and the San Antonio Police Department are investigating the case.
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