Man sentenced to prison time for overdose death in Gates

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ROCHESTER, NY (WROC) – A drug dealer will serve prison time after admitting to selling heroin to a man who later died of an overdose in Gates.

Twenty-six-year-old Brian Saez was sentenced Friday to two to four years in prison after pleading guilty to a criminally negligent homicide for the death of Sean Vaniderstine. He was also sentenced to three years in prison for attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance.  

Vaniderstine was found dead in his home on January 25. An investigation revealed that he had purchased heroin from Saez shortly before he died.   

“We hope that with today’s sentencing, Sean’s family and friends can continue to heal and mourn the loss of their loved one,” said Assistant District Attorney Gregory Clark in a statement. “This result would not have been possible without the thorough investigation conducted by the Gates Police Department.”  

Saez was one of the first people to be charged with the death of an overdose victim in the Rochester area. His arrest came as Gates leaders promised renewed efforts to deal with the opioid epidemic.

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