LOCKPORT – A woman who helped dispose of the body of a man who died of a drug overdose in a North Tonawanda apartment was placed on six months of interim probation Friday by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas.
Heather A. Fuller, 23, of Seventh Street, Niagara Falls, had pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of attempted tampering with physical evidence. The maximum sentence is a year in jail, which she faces if she violates probation. Fuller has a 2-month-old son.
David C. Brandl, 22, of Lockport, died from a combination of heroin and cocaine on the night of April 26-27 in the apartment of Miguel E. Febres, 33, of Zimmerman Street, North Tonawanda. Fuller was there, and she and Febres called Alix Devereaux, 27, of the Town of Lockport. The three hauled the body more than a mile to Mayor’s Park and left it to be discovered by a National Grid crew the next day.
Devereaux pleaded guilty to the same charge as Fuller. Febres pleaded guilty to a felony count of evidence tampering and was sentenced by Farkas to one to three years in prison.
“I’m inclined to order incarceration in this case. I’m going to try interim probation. I’m not optimistic,” Farkas told Fuller. “In some fashion, you participated in disposing of [Brandl’s] body like a piece of garbage.”