Fifth person pleads guilty in Farmington woman's OD death

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FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) - A fifth person has pleaded guilty to charges connected to the drug-overdose death of a Farmington woman after her birthday party.

Eric Barnes of Skowhegan pleaded guilty last week to a felony drug charge and a misdemeanor falsifying evidence charge in Franklin County Superior Court in connection with the November death of 52-year-old Marilyn Rider.

The Sun Journal reports that a violation of condition of release charge was dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

The 28-year-old Barnes is scheduled to be sentenced next month.

The medical examiner says Rider had a high level of morphine in her blood when she died and prosecutors say Barnes either prepared the morphine solution or injected the woman.

Barnes' lawyer said his client did not inject the drug into Rider.

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