Kayron “Keys” (Alkama) Jackson, 38, was sentenced on August 3 to eight years in prison, according to Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp. On June 27, he had pleaded guilty to first-degree strict liability for the drug-induced death of Jennifer Ward, 35, on May 5, 2017.

According to court records, Ward was found dead in her Lake Hopatcong home with numerous folds of suspected controlled dangerous substances, including multiple folds of drugs stamped “$B-WAY$.” A cooperating witness had also bought heroin stamped “$B-WAY$” from Jackson the same week.

Jackson acknowledged that he possessed and distributed fentanyl and heroin in Mount Olive and Hopatcong. According to court records, Ward met Jackson on May 4, 2017, at his home in Budd Lake, where he supplied her with the heroin. The strict liability statute holds an individual liable for selling illegal drugs to a buyer who overdoses and dies from the drugs. Conviction can result in up to 20 years in state prison.

The judge required Jackson to serve 85 percent of his eight-year prison term before becoming eligible for parole. In addition, he is subject to five years of parole supervision upon his release.

The conviction marks the second successful prosecution this year by the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office under the strict liability statute, said Knapp. He thanked the Jefferson Township Police Department for its role in the case.

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