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  • A York City man could see up to nine years in prison for selling the fentanyl that killed a man in 2015.
  • Donald Mims Jr., 29, pleaded guilty to drug delivery in death.

A York City man could get up to nine years in prison for selling the fentanyl that caused the death of an East Manchester Township Army veteran almost two years ago.

Donald Lee Mims Jr., 29, of 606 E. Market St., pleaded guilty to drug delivery resulting in death Friday, according to online court records.

As part of his negotiated guilty plea, Mims' charges of drug possession with intent to deliver and criminal use of a communications facility were dismissed.

Donald Mims Jr.

Judge Michael E. Bortner sentenced Mims to 4½ to 9 years in prison, with credit for his 401 days served.

The background: Charging documents state Mims sold fentanyl to Dustin Lee Graves, who was found dead in his bedroom at his mother's East Manchester Township home the morning of Aug. 5, 2015.

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Graves, 31, served in the Army for six years, including in Iraq as a cavalry scout in the 116th Infantry from 2006 to 2007, according to his obituary.

Dustin Graves

He was honored with several medals and ribbons for his service and was working as a dock supervisor for a Strinestown business when he died, the obituary states.

Northeastern Regional Police Detective Brian O'Melko filed the charges and alleges he uncovered a cellphone conversation in which Mims agreed to sell "a bag" to Graves for $10.

A $10 "bag" would generally be a bag of heroin, which is sometimes cut with fentanyl, a powerful synthetic prescription opioid.

The texting continued, with Graves saying he was "out front" of Mims' place and that "One bag is fine."

An autopsy and toxicology testing determined Graves died of fentanyl toxicity, according to charging documents.

Mims' attorney, Korey Leslie, said Mims' plea was a "fair resolution" to a "horribly tragic circumstance."

He also said his client was remorseful.

"He turned and faced Dustin's family and apologized for their loss and expressed his sorrow to them," he said.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at@YDDornblaser.