Alpharetta man who injected deadly heroin into friend sentenced

An Alpharetta man accused of injecting a friend with the heroin that killed her in March 2014 has pleaded guilty and will serve 12 years in prison, Channel 2 Action News’ Mike Petchenik is reporting.

Cory Ben-Hanania pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter/reckless conduct and distribution of heroin, Petchenik reported.

Chelsea Bennett, 20, of Johns Creek overdosed almost immediately on extra-pure heroin and died during a late night of partying, police said. Hanania and another man, Sebastian Andrade, waited 10 hours for her to wake up.

Ben-Hanania could have faced life in prison if convicted of felony murder, Petchenik reported.

In July, a Fulton County grand jury returned murder indictments against Ben-Hanania and the man accused of selling the heroin, Kevin McCaffrey.

Authorities said they pursued the rare murder charge in a drug overdose case to send a message to the public.

McCaffrey also took a plea deal and is serving a four-year prison sentence, Channel 2 reported. Andrade was charged with concealing a body and took a plea deal as well.

Ben-Hanania’s attorney said he still denies injecting Bennett with heroin, according to Petchenik who said Ben-Hanania told Bennett’s family,”I’m sorry,” before he was sentenced.