OC woman re-sentenced in connection with man’s overdose death

An Oil City woman was re-sentenced Friday for her involvement in an incident that resulted in the heroin overdose death of an Oil City man in February 2017.

Crystal Breck, 38, was sentenced by Venango County Judge Robert Boyer to two years in the state intermediate punishment program for a misdemeanor charge of recklessly endangering another person.

Breck had previously been sentenced to a probation term, but that was revoked after she was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Under Pennsylvania’s state intermediate punishment program, Breck will serve at least seven months in prison, at least two months in an in-patient rehabilitation center and at least six months in outpatient treatment.

Breck is currently housed in Muncy state prison, where she was placed last November after her probation violation.

Breck was one of several people in a car with 36-year-old Derek Black Jr. when he died almost two years ago. According to court documents and witness testimony, the group became aware that Black was overdosing and drove him to two different pharmacies to try to buy naloxone, an opioid reversal drug.

After being unable to obtain naloxone, the group called 911 from a location on Upper Sage Run Road. Black died later at UPMC Presbyterian in Pittsburgh.

At a Jan. 9 preliminary hearing in Venango County Central Court for Jeremy Ludy, 21, of Detroit, who is also charged in connection with Black’s death, Black’s brother, Jason Black, testified that Breck was the one who called 911 from the car.

Ludy is accused of being the leader of a group that brought large quantities of heroin and cocaine to Venango County from the Detroit area, as well as being responsible for the delivery of the heroin that led to Derek Black’s death.