A Dover woman was sentenced to eight years in prison Wednesday after she was found guilty of manslaughter for injecting her father with heroin in 2017.
Justeen Nichole Wittaker, 29, of Dover was given a sentence Wednesday of 10 years, suspend all but three, for her involvement in the October 2017 death of her father, 50-year-old Nathaniel Whittaker, the Worcester County State's Attorney's Office said.
Authorities report that Nathaniel Whittaker was found lying face up on the far side of the bed furthest from the door, in room 308 of the Americana Hotel. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators found items indicative of heroin consumption and learned he shared the room with his daughter.
On October 24, Whittaker injected her father heroin at his request as he was too intoxicated to inject himself.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for Maryland performed an autopsy, where they said they believed that Whittaker had in fact died from a fentanyl overdose.
Justeen Whittaker was sentenced to eight years suspend but all three years in prison with two and a half years of supervised parole following her release, after a guilty verdict in court today. "The community needs to know, that as quickly as heroin can steal a life, this Office will seek to take your freedom if you knowingly deal, distribute or administer drugs and it results in someone's death".