Parkersburg woman pleads guilty to federal fentanyl charge

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WTAP) - A Parkersburg woman who admitted giving drugs to a man who died from an overdose is awaiting sentencing after entering a guilty plea in U.S. District Court in Charleston.

Under a plea agreement with prosecutors, Brooke A. Kimble, 21, faces 10 to 15 years in prison for distributing fentanyl. Her sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 23.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Kimble admitted to distributing what she thought was heroin to Frederick Lawson on Jan. 5, 2019. Lawson died the same from an overdose of fentanyl, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said Kimble also admitted to distributing what she thought was heroin to a police informant on Jan. 7 and 8, 2019. Testing showed that the substance was actually fentanyl.

All of the transactions occurred at her home on Avery Street in Parkersburg, authorities said.

“Fentanyl is so powerful, so deadly," U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart said in a news release. "And this dealer’s deeds led to death. Too many West Virginians have died as a result of fentanyl overdoses. Drug dealers must be held accountable. The peddlers of death must end the chaos and destruction they deliver to our people.”

The Parkersburg Police Department and the Parkersburg Narcotics and Violent Crimes Task Force conducted the investigation.