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Man Sentenced To Prison In Overdose Case September 15, 2005 By LARRY SMITH, Courant Staff Writer ENFIELD -- A letter from the mother of a 16-year-old girl who survived a heroin overdose helped convince a Superior Court judge Wednesday to send the man who injected her daughter to prison.
Emilio Burgos, 24, of Windsor Locks, convicted on June 21 of taking part in two separate heroin overdoses, will serve three years in prison. One of those overdoses killed his own sister.
Judge Howard Scheinblum sentenced Burgos to a 10-year term, suspended after he serves the three years, and five years of probation. He was also ordered to enter a long-term drug treatment program after his release, not associate with drug users or dealers and perform 150 hours of community service.
Scheinblum had offered Burgos a suspended sentence three months ago, but the letter from the teen's mother helped change his mind.
On Wednesday, Scheinblum read portions of the letter in which the mother described her horror at seeing her daughter being brought home, near death, following the overdose.
"He left her here in my driveway to die and threatened her boyfriend by saying, `You don't know me and I don't know you. I wasn't here, got it?'" the mother wrote. "How can the court allow a 32-year court sentence to go down to a slap on the wrist?" The reference to 32 years was the maximum sentence Burgos could have received after pleading guilty to the charges in June.
Burgos, of 4 Jubrey Lane, Windsor Locks, had pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence and possession of a narcotic in connection with the Oct. 28, 2004 overdose of his sister, Sonja, who died Oct. 30. He also pleaded guilty to the sale of a hallucinogen in connection with the March 27 overdose of the 16-year-old girl.
Burgos also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit third-degree burglary in an Aug. 7 incident unrelated to the overdoses.
Police say Burgos, the 16-year-old girl and her boyfriend drove to Hartford to buy heroin. They then returned to Windsor Locks and parked at Bradley Apartments. Burgos cooked heroin for himself and injected it, then prepared two bags for the girl and shot it into her arm, the warrant said.
The 16-year-old survived, however, unlike Burgos' sister.
In that instance, police were called to 4 Jubrey Lane and found Sonja Burgos in the basement with no pulse, officials said. Emilio Burgos realized his sister had found his heroin and injected some of it, police said.
Emilio Burgos admitted finding the needle and plastic bags his sister had used, and hiding them to conceal his involvement, officials said.
Burgos and his attorney, Carmine Giuliano, in June presented the court with letters showing that Sonja Burgos was suicidal.
Police also charged Delores Bafumo, the mother of Emilio and Sonja, with risk of injury to a child, tampering with physical evidence and possession of drug paraphernalia in connection with Sonja's overdose.
Bafumo, 45, is alleged to have helped hide the evidence. Her case remains pending.
In arguing that Burgos serve time, Assistant State's Attorney Keith DuBoff urged the court to consider the chronology of events. His sister had overdosed and a few months later he injected heroin into a 16-year-old girl.
"I don't know how a person like Mr. Burgos hits the bottom when his works result in the death of a sibling and a few months after that he was still on a rampage," DuBoff said.
Giuliano asked Scheinblum for leniency in sentencing his client arguing that Burgos suffered from a severe heroin addiction and needed treatment.
Saying he didn't want to be insensitive to the 16-year-old girl who survived, Giuliano said the teen and her boyfriend should take some responsibility for what happened.
"They'd used it before. She held her arm out," Giuliano said.
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