Eric Herbers was sentenced to eight years in prison for providing heroin to Sharon Muir on July 25, 2013, in a house Herbers and a roommate rented in the 400 block of Haynes near Midland.
Investigators said Herbers, 26, and Muir were celebrating the one-month anniversary of their relationship by sharing heroin he had purchased that evening. Evidence in the case included video of her struggling to breathe that was found later on her cellphone.
Muir, who was a student at the University of Memphis, died later at a hospital.
The cause of death was morphine toxicity which is consistent with a heroin overdose.Charges of drug possession and an unrelated shoplifting charge against Herbers were dismissed following his guilty plea. He can be considered parole after serving 30 percent – 2.4 years – of his eight-year sentence.
He was arrested in December of 2013 by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Apprehension Team and by members of the West Tennessee Violent Crime & Drug Task Force who investigated the case.
The case was handled by DA Administrative Asst. Thomas Henderson and by Asst. Dist. Atty. Chris Scruggs of the DA’s Organized Crime Prosecution Unit.