Pensacola man convicted in heroin-related death

Pensacola man convicted in drug-related death

A 54-year-old man has been convicted of homicide by delivery of heroin by an Escambia County jury.

According to the State Attorney's Office, James Mitchell was immediately sentenced on Friday to a mandatory term of life in state prison.

The sentence will be served consecutive to a separate 25-year sentence Mitchell is currently serving for trafficking in heroin in 2015.

Over the two-day trial, the state presented witness testimony that on January 30, 2014, Mitchell sold black tar heroin to Donald Davis and a group of others.

The State Attorney's Office said Davis' wife found him dead at their home later that evening.

Two medical doctors presented testimony that heroin caused Davis' death.

The case was investigated by the Escambia County Sheriff's Office.

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