A Bosqueville man who reported the drug-related death of a woman at his home in 2013 was placed on deferred felony probation for 10 years and fined $10,000 Monday.

Judge Ralph Strother of Waco’s 19th State District Court granted David William Sirbasku’s request for deferred probation Monday during a brief sentencing hearing.

Sirbasku, 53, pleaded guilty in October to one 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 Sirbasku and his attorney, Rod Goble, asked Strother for the probated term.

“David completed extensive rehab and was able to prove to the judge that he really is no longer a threat to use drugs,” Goble said. “That has been his only issue, and fortunately, through rehab, he has helped himself. He has finished a degree at TSTC since this all happened.”

Strother told Sirbasku that in a case of this nature, time usually only puts off the inevitable.

“But in your case, time worked to your advantage because you transformed your life and obviously turned your life around,” the judge said.

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.

McLennan County Sheriff’s Office investigators said they found an unspecified amount of methamphetamine and “black tar” heroin in Sirbasku’s home.

An autopsy report in March 2013 listed the toxic effects of methamphetamine and heroin as the cause of Darby’s death. It listed the cause of death as accidental.

In deferred probation cases, there is no final judgment of guilt if a defendant completes the term.

Staff writer at the Waco Tribune-Herald covering courts and criminal justice. Follow me on Twitter @TSpoonFeed.

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