Jail time, probation for man convicted in UMass student’s overdose death

Eric Sinacori was found dead in his apartment four years ago

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The man convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the overdose death of a University of Massachusetts student will have to serve one year in jail.

A jury deliberated for seven hours earlier this week before finding 28-year-old Jesse Carrillo guilty in the 2013 overdose death of 20-year-old Eric Sinacori. Carrillo was also convicted of heroin distribution.

The former UMass graduate student was sentenced to two and a half years at the Hampshire County Jail and House of Corrections, but is only required to serve one year of that sentence. Carrillo was also sentenced to five years of probation for his manslaughter charge and five years of probation on drug charges, which can be served concurrently.

Ex-UMass student guilty of involuntary manslaughter for overdose death

Sinacori was found dead at his off-campus apartment in Amherst on October 4th, 2013. Prosecutors say Carrillo provided Sinacori with heroin, which resulted in his death.

The case gained national attention after it was later revealed that Sinacori had been working for the UMass Police Department at the time of his death. Sinacori died 10 months after he became a UMass police informant.

Carrillo will not begin his jail sentence until next week, because the judge granted a stay that was requested by his attorney, J.W. Carney.

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