U.S. Department of Justice
United States Attorney
Northern District of Iowa
Northern District of Iowa
For Immediate Release
May 1, 2012
Stephanie M. Rose, United States Attorney
Contact: Peter Deegan, Public Information Officer
Iowa City Men Sentenced to Federal Prison for Heroin Conspiracy and Causing Overdose Deaths
Two Iowa City men who provided heroin to two individuals who died from using the heroin were sentenced on April 23 and 30 to federal prison.
Patrick Joseph Toomey, 57, from Iowa City, Iowa, received a 63–month prison term on April 23, 2012. Thomas Harry Finley, 63, also of Iowa City, received a 262– month prison term on April 30, 2012. Both men pled guilty on October 24, 2011, to conspiring to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin.
Both Toomey and Finley admitted the heroin they conspired to distribute caused the death of one of their customers in March 2011. In addition, Finley admitted he distributed heroin to another individual who died as a result of using the heroin. At the sentencing hearing, Finley admitted that, in May 2011, he brought heroin to an individual undergoing inpatient drug treatment at a Cedar Rapids hospital. That individual was found unresponsive the next morning, and died a few days later from the overdose.
Toomey and Finley were sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade. Toomey was sentenced to 63 months’ imprisonment and fined $10,000. Toomey must also serve a 4–year term of supervised release after the prison term. Finley was sentenced to 262 months’ imprisonment, to be followed by an 8–year term of supervised release. Both men were ordered to pay special assessments of $100 apiece. There is no parole in the federal system.
Toomey was released on the bond previously set and is to surrender to the Bureau of Prisons on a date yet to be set. Finley is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Dan Chatham and was investigated by the Ad Hoc Heroin Overdose Task Force which is comprised of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Cedar Rapids Police Department, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Task Force consisting of the DEA; the Department of Homeland Security; the Linn County Sheriff’s Office; the Cedar Rapids Police Department; the Marion Police Department; the Iowa City Police Department; the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; the Sixth Judicial District Department of Correctional Services; and the Iowa National Guard.
Court file information is available at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl. The case file number is CR11–0111–LRR.