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Former Bethel Man Sentenced To 14 Years In Botched Drug Deal

Steven Vlash, 24, a former Bethel resident, was sentenced to 14 years in prison for his role in the death of suspected drug dealer from Waterbury.
Steven Vlash, 24, a former Bethel resident, was sentenced to 14 years in prison for his role in the death of suspected drug dealer from Waterbury. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Waterbury Police Department

BETHEL, Conn. -- A former Bethel resident was sentenced to 14 years in prison after a Waterbury man died during a botched drug deal in 2015.

Steven Vlash, 24, of New Milford was sentenced Wednesday on a charge of first-degree manslaughter in the death of Carl Brown, 35.

Police said Brown died in the April 6, 2015 incident from head injuries after falling from a truck driven by Vlash, according to a report on NBC Connecticut. Nicholas Henry of Bethel and Vlash had driven to Waterbury to buy crack cocaine from Brown, and the men fought over money. Brown clung to the truck as he fought with Henry, and fell to the pavement as Vlash continued driving. Vlash’s vehicle was located later near his home in New Milford.

In 2014, Vlash, who then lived in Bethel, was charged with stealing a cart full of groceries from a Danbury supermarket. A similar incident occurred in Brewster, N.Y., with the same vehicle used in the theft in Danbury. The vehicle, a Chevrolet Colorado, was also the vehicle used in the Waterbury case.

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