A Bosqueville man who reported the drug-related death of a woman at his home in 2013 pleaded guilty without the benefit of a plea offer Monday to four drug-related charges surrounding the woman’s death.

David William Sirbasku, 53, pleaded guilty in 19th State District Court to one felony count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and three counts of possession of heroin. There was no recommendation from the state for punishment, but sentencing will be scheduled after a pre-sentencing investigation in roughly 60 days.

Sirbasku was arrested after authorities were called to his home in the 8400 block of Rock Creek Road in January 2013. The body of Lauren Darby, 28, was found in a bathtub, where authorities thought she may have used heroin shortly before slipping and drowning.

At the time of the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office investigation, officers stated they seized an unspecified amount of methamphetamine and “black tar” heroin that was consistent with personal use.

In March 2013, a medical examiner at the Southwestern Institute Forensic Sciences issued an autopsy report naming the toxic effects of methamphetamine and heroin as the cause of Darby’s death and listed the cause of death as accidental.

Sirbasku’s attorney, Rod Goble, said Sirbasku was never charged in Darby’s death, but pleaded guilty to the drug charges because he did allow people to use drugs at his house at the time. Though there was no recommendation from the state for sentencing, Goble said he will seek probation for his client.

“He is a great example of the problems we have with opioid addiction problems. He was addicted to heroin,” Goble said. “Since he was arrested, he’s been through all kinds of rehab, completed his education, been working and is doing great.”

Judge Ralph Strother will sentence Sirbasku based off investigation from the case and his treatment he has gone through since his arrest and indictment, Goble said.

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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