Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Robinson Drug Dealer Acquitted in Man's Death

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Robinson Drug Dealer Acquitted in Man's Death

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David Best offered to the U.S. attorney's office to plead guilty to brandishing a firearm and accept a minimum seven-year prison term.

But the government wanted him to admit responsibility for an Economy man's drug death and serve at least 18 years in prison.

"The government was sure it could prove the death count," defense attorney Stanton Levenson said. "My client insisted he was not responsible for the death, and he was willing to take the risk."

So Mr. Best, 28, of Robinson went to trial and Thursday, after deliberating for nine hours, a jury found him not guilty in the death of Chris Radford, 23.

He was, however, found guilty on all the other counts against him, including conspiracy to distribute Opana and oxycodone, possession with intent to distribute, brandishing a firearm while drug-trafficking, and burglary of a Beaver County pharmacy.

He will be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Arthur E. Schwab on Sept. 15 and faces at least the mandatory seven years in prison on the firearms count. …

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