Woman takes plea bargain in 2016 Bridgeville drug overdose death

A Washington County woman has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter for giving a man a deadly dose of fentanyl in Bridgeville almost three years ago.

Latoya Rosiek, 34, entered the plea Wednesday before Allegheny County Judge Randal Todd.

In exchange for the plea, the District Attorney’s Office agreed to a jail term of three to 23 months followed by 12 months probation, spokesman Mike Manko said in a statement Thursday.

Rosiek had faced a drug delivery resulting in death charge and two drug charges. The drug delivery charge was changed to involuntary manslaughter and the two drug charges were withdrawn, according to court records.

Michael Desanto was found dead inside a house at Laurel Street the day after Christmas in 2016. Witnesses said he injected what he thought was heroin and overdosed.

Police allege Rosiek gave him the drug in “purple checker board pattern packets” sold as heroin. The packets, or stamp bags, held fentanyl instead.

Bridgeville police used Facebook to ask Rosiek to surrender to police.

“Let’s end the foolishness, do the right thing and turn yourself in,” police Chief Chad King wrote on Facebook.

About a week later, Rosiek turned herself in.