The heroin dealer that prosecutors say was responsible for supplying a fatal dose of heroin to 16-year-old Emylee Lonczak of McLean last summer has been convicted.
Antowan Thorne, also known as “Smooth,” 37, of Washington, D.C., was convicted Aug. 20 of conspiracy to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin following a bench trial before U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema.
According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, during 2012 and 2013, Thorne conspired with others to distribute extremely potent heroin, largely to customers from Fairfax County and other areas of Northern Virginia.
On Aug. 21, 2013, four individuals from northern Virginia, including Lonczak and Kyle Alifom of Vienna, traveled to Washington, D.C., to purchase heroin from Thorne, documents state. After purchasing it, the group parked their vehicle somewhere in the District and injected themselves with the heroin. Lonczak became unresponsive and died from an overdose, court records state.
Her body was dropped off at Alifom’s Vienna home, along with Alifom, according to court records.
Ducuments state that Alifom admitted that Lonczak died in his presence and that fearing retribution, “he dragged Lonczak’s body through the grass to an area of shrubbery [where he] left her body … and placed a screen window over her in an attempt to conceal the body from others.”
Court records state that a physical examination of Lonczak’s body revealed she had never injected heroin before. Alifom later pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence for hiding Lonczak’s body after her overdose death. He was sentenced to 80 months in prison. Thorne will be sentenced on Nov. 14.