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Friday, June 3, 2016

PA: Potter County DA seeks max in heroin OD death

Potter County District Attorney Andy Watson would like to see Desiree Tipping, 31, of Lewiston, PA. serve the max...40 years in state prison, in the heroin overdose death of a Galeton man. But that may not happen. Watson spoke exclusively to RNN today. Tipping faces numerous felony counts for allegedly providing a lethal dose of heroin to Michael Langworthy while at the Galeton Minimart. Tipping was arraigned in court last month, but because of "medical issues," she wasn't sent to jail, but rather, the Potter County Women's Center. Tipping faces a top charge of felony delivering drugs that resulted in death. DA Watson said that based on the information provided, higher charges would not be sought. Watson declined to comment on the victim's family thoughts, citing state regulations. Watson did suggest that after the 'medical issues' passed, he would petition her transfer "to a state facility." He noted that it would be the "best place for her." Watson said the autopsy report showed that Langworthy died of " an overdose." Tipping is scheduled for a preliminary hearing June 16th.  Watson said that whenever possible, he would seek the maximum possible sentence in these cases.