Ex-Hofstra Student Admits to Fatally Injecting Girlfriend With Heroin

A former Hofstra University student who authorities say injected his girlfriend and himself with heroin before her overdose death has pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide.

Newsday reports 19-year-old Joseph Joudah entered the plea on Monday in the death of Olivia McClellan but he isn't likely to go to prison after an appeal for mercy from the victim's family.

Defense attorney Kevin Keating says a judge and prosecutors agreed to sentence Joudah to five years of probation as a youthful offender.

Prosecutors say Joudah was taking heroin with McClellan in her dorm room in April 2015. They say when McClellan began to overdose, Joudah left.

Prosecutors say he anonymously called campus security 17 hours later. Officials found McClellan's body in her dorm room.

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