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HBO Producer Pleads Guilty in Overdose Death of NY Dermatologist

Dr. Kiersten Cerveny, 38, was found unconscious in the vestibule of a Chelsea apartment building in October 2015

A man arrested in connection with the 2015 death of a New York dermatologist who died of cocaine and alcohol intoxication has admitted to helping move her body out of a Manhattan apartment.

Marc Henry Johnson, a producer of an HBO series, pleaded guilty Tuesday to acting as an accessory after the fact.

Johnson and another man, James Holder, were arrested after the death of Dr. Kiersten Cerveny. Authorities said the 38-year-old Long Island doctor had been snorting cocaine as she shared drinks with Johnson.

Prosecutors say Johnson and Holder dragged Cerveny's body to the lobby of Holder's apartment building, and Holder left the building while Johnson called 911 anonymously. When EMTs arrived, Johnson left. 

The doctor was found unconscious in the vestibule. 

"Marc Henry Johnson's immediate response to seeing a dying overdose victim should have been to summon help. Instead, Johnson helped his cocaine dealer cover up the drug crime by moving the victim's body," said Acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim.

Holder pleaded guilty to maintaining a drug distribution house. He's to be sentenced May 4.

Johnson faces up to 10 years in prison when he's sentenced June 26.

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