Volunteer coach convicted in overdose of teen stripper

MELVINDALE -- A volunteer high school coach convicted today of providing a fatal overdose to a teenage stripper could spend the rest of his life behind bars.

A Wayne County jury found Deleon Alexander II, 28, of Lincoln Park guilty of delivery of a controlled substance causing the death of 17-year-old Stephanie Brown and delivery of a controlled substance.

Alexander supplied Brown, a student at Wyandotte High School, with cocaine and Ecstasy on March 16 at the Moonlight Motel in Melvindale. Shortly after she collapsed and died.

"We are grateful for the verdict because it's unbelievable what happened," said Melvindale Police Chief Rick Cadez. "What the parents of this girl suffered through can never be repaired."

Alexander is the first person tried and convicted of delivering a controlled substance causing death since the law was enacted last year.

"I hope this sends a loud and clear message that these are serious criminal consequences when you supply dangerous drugs and contribute to an overdose death," said Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy.

Alexander will be sentenced on Oct. 25 by Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Ulysses Boykin.