MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Families question whether a notorious drug dealer’s punishment fits the crime. Beverly Burrell is already behind bars for killing three men with heroin.

The relatives of two more victims just learned that she won’t be locked up any longer for their losses.

“Nick was such a good man and we miss him every day,” said Julie Petrick, Nick’s mom.

More than three years have passed since Nick Petrick and Spencer Johnson died from smoking heroin laced with fentanyl. The body of Nick Petrick was found in his car in a Costco parking lot. Two weeks earlier, it was 34-year-old Spencer Johnson’s body found in the bathroom of a sober house.

Burrell’s same drugs were in his system. On Friday, their families faced the woman who sold their loved ones the drugs.

“I do not blame Beverly Burrell for Nick’s addiction. I blame her for her greed and turning a profit and risking lives with no remorse,” said Cari Goodman, Nick’s sister.

Petrick and Johnson were the last two deaths connected to Beverly Burrell’s drugs– though she won’t serve any additional time for pleading guilty to them.

Burrell is already serving a 21-year sentence, but in Minnesota prisoners only serve two-thirds of their sentence– meaning Burrell will likely be on parole after 14 years.

It’s a punishment some don’t believe is fair.

“It’s over from a legal standpoint for all of us, but we will forever be living without our children,” said Colleen Ronnei, mother of Luke Ronnei.

Luke was one of Burrell’s victims. His family said her penalty does not fit her crimes.

“I think that is a case where we should be able to bring the most stringent penalties and longer, otherwise drug dealers will keep selling drugs,” said David Ronnei, Luke’s father.

Burrell has already served three years.

She has never issued an apology to the families, but in court today her attorney did say she is remorseful.

Comments (2)
  1. Jen Adler says:

    1. MN Prisoners still serve their entire sentence. I don’t know what planet you are on if you don’t think serving the remainder of a sentence under supervision on parole doesn’t still mean your freedoms are altered.
    2. 21 years is way too long of a sentence. This woman didn’t force any addicts to buy drugs. They wanted the drugs. She didn’t manufacture the drugs. She sold a product that was in demand. It’s called capitalism and it’s the American way. It’s not her fault some junkies are dead, it’s their fault for putting heroin in their body in the first place. It’s physically impossible to become addicted to heroin if you never introduce it into your system. It is not a “disease”, it is a choice and it was their choice. A disease is something you have no control over that has no cure. Like Krohn’s disease. There is a 100% “cure” for the fake disease of heroin junkie though: don’t put heroin in your body to begin with.

    1. Amber Wing says:

      Couldn’t agree more! Yea selling drugs is illegal but it’s not her fault that they were junkies… I think it’s horrible they are trying put the blame of their bad habits onto someone else… correct she didn’t manufacture the drugs and she definitely didn’t force them to take the drugs. They all made their own decision to take the drugs… sad that she was sentenced so many years the punishment definitely doesn’t fit the crime… they wayyyy over punished her… crazy how she gets sentenced 21 years in jail but someone can murder someone and be found guilty of 2nd degree murder and only get sentenced to 10 years… this justice system is ass backwards!!