Two North Adams residents have been indicted on federal arson charges for burning the body and car of a man who overdosed on opioids.
Damiane Buehrer and Kristy Bumpus are both charged in the arson on January 11th, 2017. Buehrer received an additional charge for distributing the synethic opiate carfentanil that resulted in the death of the North Adams resident whose body was burned in the car.
The indictment specifically alleges that Buehrer and Bumpus conspired to destroy evidence of Buehrer’s carfentanil distribution by burning the vehicle, body, and personal effects of the overdose victim.
In addition, Buehrer faces four controlled-substance trafficking offenses, each of which allegedly involves 5 grams or more of methamphetamine. Buehrer faces a mandatory life sentence because of a prior felony drug conviction.
Both Buehrer and Bumpus face a mandatory 10 year sentence if they are convicted on the arson charge.
The methamphetamine charges each carry a penalty of a minimum of five and up to forty years in prison, due to Buehrer’s prior record.
The case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Michigan State Police.
Michigan State Police Troopers and Detective Sergeants responded to the initial scene of the fire and have been investigating the case since then.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kate Zell and Hagen W. Frank, who also prosecuted Buehrer for engaging in interstate dog fighting for profit.
Buehrer was sentenced in October 2018 to serve a 46-month sentence in the Federal Bureau of Prisons for that offense.
The charges in an indictment are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed
innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.