Man convicted for role in heroin overdose death sentenced to 25 years

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Phil Trent

ROCK ISLAND — Phil Trent, the Rock Island man who sold heroin that lead to the overdose death of 21-year-old Tyler Corzette in August of 2014, was sentenced to 25 years in prison in federal court.

The sentence was handed down in U.S. District Court on Thursday, Nov. 3 by Judge Sara Darrow. Trent had been found guilty in a jury trial last July for distributing and conspiring to distribute heroin in the Rock Island area.

Evidence at trial showed that Trent and co-conspirators distributed heroin to undercover agents on three specific occasions: Aug. 13, Oct. 1, and Oct. 2, 2014. The jury also convicted Trent for distribution of heroin that resulted in the death of Corzette on Aug. 28 of that year.

Two other defendants, Kyle Hull and Curtis Land, both pled guilty in May 2015, to their respective role in distributing the fatal dose of heroin to Corzette. On Aug. 17, 2016, the two were sentenced to federal prison; Hull to serve eight years; Land to serve 11 years.

Tyler Corzette photo from Weerts Funeral Home

Tyler Corzette photo from Weerts Funeral Home