Woman gets 10 years for injecting drug into victim and killing him

November 8, 2018

Sarah Mary Krmpotich, 40, formerly of the 600 block of Red Horse Lane, in Virginia Beach's Lake Edward area, has been convicted and sentenced for involuntary manslaughter; possession of, with intent to distribute, a Schedule I/II drug; and for violating her release conditions.  


She will serve 10 years in prison for her crimes, as ordered by Virginia Beach Circuit Court Judge Les L. Lilley.


Krmpotich previously pled guilty to these charges. Had this matter gone to trial, the Commonwealth's evidence would have shown that on December 12-13, 2016, Krmpotich was in her home when the victim, Robert Demnicki, visited her to use cocaine and heroin. 


Intoxicated when he arrived, Demnicki picked up a needle filled with heroin, but was unable to inject it into his arm. 


Krmpotich inserted the needle into his arm, but told him not to use the full amount because it was very strong. 


However, the victim pushed the entire amount into his arm.  Shortly thereafter, he was unconscious and his eyes rolled back in his head.



Krmpotich, who had been through nursing school, did not call 911. 


Other people in the house placed the victim into his car's passenger seat and drove to a nearby apartment complex and left it there, with the victim inside. 


One month later, on January 12, 2017, Virginia Beach police found his decomposed body inside the car. 


The medical examiner said that Demnicki's cause of death was the result of a combined, ethanol, cocaine and morphine poisoning, leading to a fatal drug overdose. 


Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Thomas M. Murphy and Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Katherine E. Schuppin prosecuted this case. 


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