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Alton man admits role in friend's heroin death in southwestern Illinois

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EAST ST. LOUIS, Illinois — A southwestern Illinois man faces up to two decades in federal prison after admitting he played a role in a man's heroin overdose death last year.

Twenty-one-year-old Glenn Lowers of Alton plead guilty in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis to a felony charge of distribution of heroin resulting in death.

Lowers admitted he had sold heroin to friend Joshua Shelton in September of last year, hours before Shelton's grandfather found his 21-year-old grandson's body in the victim's Alton home.

Prosecutors say an autopsy showed that Shelton died from a heroin injection.

Lowers has been ordered to remain jailed pending his sentencing hearing scheduled for Feb. 5.

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