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HBO producer who moved dermatologist Kiersten Cerveny's body gets prison time

HBO producer Marc Henry Johnson, 53, of Manhattan, was sentenced on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, to one year and a day in prison for dragging an overdosed woman's body into a Chelsea building foyer to hide a drug dealer's apartment from authorities. Kiersten Cerveny, 38, died in 2015 after a cocaine overdose. This surveillance footage was Exhibit J in the case and was played Tuesday in federal court in Manhattan. (Credit: Freeman Nooter & Ginsberg)

A Manhattan federal judge on Tuesday sentenced HBO producer Marc Henry Johnson to one year and a day in prison for dragging overdosed dermatologist Dr. Kiersten Cerveny’s body into a Chelsea building foyer to hide a drug dealer’s apartment from authorities.

Johnson, 53, of Manhattan, had asked for no jail time, arguing to U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman that after carousing at a bar and doing cocaine at dealer James Holder’s apartment, he at least tried CPR and called 911 after moving Cerveny’s body.

The judge said Cerveny might have lived if Johnson called 911 immediately.

“We are tested at times of stress,” Furman told Johnson. “Quite honestly, you failed that test.”

Federal guidelines called for Johnson to get 18 to 24 months for hiding a drug location. Prosecutors asked for the top of that range. Holder got 5 years for dealing. Neither man was charged with supplying the drugs that killed Cerveny, 38, a Manhasset mother of 3.

The incident occurred in 2015. Johnson, Cerveny and friends had met at a Manhattan bar, and then Cerveny and Johnson went to Holder’s apartment at around 4:30 a.m.

Prosecutors say Holder and Johnson were friends, and he had used the dealer’s apartment frequently as a drugs and sex lair.

Johnson said that Holder insisted on moving Cerveny when she became ill. After carrying her to the vestibule, Holder left.

Johnson called 911 and directed paramedics to Cerveny’s body before leaving. But he did not identify himself or her, or tell them that she had overdosed on cocaine and alcohol.


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