Granite City Woman Pleads Guilty to Involuntary Manslaughter in Drug Death

A Granite City woman implicated in the death of an East Alton man has pleaded guilty and sentenced to six years in prison, according to court documents.

Jessica D. Burris, 32, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of involuntary manslaughter and a charge of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.

She was initially charged with drug-induced homicide which is a Class X felony. She will have to serve no less than 50 percent of her sentence. In exchange for her plea, the state consented to drop the drug-induced homicide and other charges. Drug-induced homicide is a Class X felony, punishable by a prison sentence of between 6 and 30 years.

She was charged in the death of Kyle Perry, 30, who was declared dead on June 7, 2016, at St. Louis University Hospital of a drug overdose.

Involuntary manslaughter is punishable by a sentence of between 3 and 5 years. The drug delivery charge is punishable by a sentence of between 3 and 7 years in prison.

Burris was initially charged in 2016 with two counts of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, but a grand jury indicted her for the drug-induced homicide charge.

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