LACONIA, N.H. (AP) – A man accused of selling the methadone that killed a 20-year-old Laconia man has been sentenced to 15 to 40 years in prison.

Edward Costello, his wife and his 18-year-old daughter all were arrested in October after the death of Raymond DeLucca. Costello was accused of selling methadone to a friend of DeLucca’s, who also has been charged.

Under his plea agreement, Costello could have two years of his 15-year minimum sentence suspended after serving 10 years if he completes a substance abuse treatment program.

DeLucca was one of eight people to die of methadone overdoses in Laconia last year, prompting police to start a task force to investigate the problem.

AP-ES-04-23-08 1532EDT

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