(Dallas News) – A Dallas woman on Tuesday became the second person to be sentenced to multiple years in prison for a robbery plot that ended in the heroin overdose death of a Dallas teenager.
Cierra Allyn Rounds, 28, was sentenced to 13 years in federal prison for her role in the March 2014 death of Rian Lashley, 19.
Authorities say Rounds and Kathryn Dirks — both heroin addicts who worked as strippers — injected Lashley with a fatal dose of heroin during an attempt to rob her.
Rounds was at the time dating a drug dealer, Jimison Coleman, who provided the potent form of heroin that killed Lashley.
Coleman, 37, was sentenced to 16 years in federal prison on Monday.
Rounds pleaded guilty last year to one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute heroin.
U.S. District Judge Sam Lindsay said Rounds could have called 911 when Lashley was lying unconscious on a couch in a Dallas house. He said there is no doubt Rounds injected the victim in order to try to steal about $3,000 from her.
Lindsay said Rounds knew Lashley had never tried heroin before. Rounds also knew, he said, that her housemate, a regular user, had overdosed from the same “China White” heroin that Coleman sold.
“A young lady died because of what Ms. Rounds did,” Lindsay said.
Dirks, 26, also has pleaded guilty to drug charges and is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday.
Rounds worked as a stripper at Jaguars Gold Club in Dallas. After closing at 2 a.m., it became an after hours rave club called Eternal Eden where drugs were sold. The city of Dallas has since shut it down.
Rounds met Lashley at a Plano IHOP on the morning of March 25, 2014.
Later that morning, Coleman sold “China White” heroin to Lashley in the restaurant parking lot.
Rounds, Dirks and Lashley drove together to a friend’s Dallas house. During the trip, Rounds used Lashley’s cellphone to send text messages to Coleman about stealing Lashley’s money after they arrived at the home.
“I figured ud want me on this money,” Rounds said in a text to Coleman.
At the home, Rounds sent a text message to Coleman saying “Ima bout to shoot her up for the first time.”
Later that afternoon, Lashley showed signs of distress and stopped breathing. Dirks said she performed CPR on her and put her in a bathtub filled with ice water in an attempt to revive her.
Dirks and Rounds then put her on a couch where she appeared to fall asleep. Dirks left with her money and later gave it to Coleman, authorities said.
Lashley died later that evening from a heroin overdose, authorities said.