Man charged in heroin death

Ellison Hutchison

A Columbia man faces a federal drug charge months after he allegedly gave heroin to a man who later died.

A grand jury in Jefferson City handed down the indictment against Ellison Lee Hutchison Junior, 36, Wednesday. It accuses Hutchison of giving heroin to Maximillion Shakelford, 22, in January. Shakelford later died, apparently because of using that heroin.

If convicted, Hutchison would serve a minimum of 20 years in federal prison without parole and could face a life sentence.