York City man pleads guilty in overdose death

John Joyce

A York City man faces 20 years to life in prison after pleading guilty in federal court Monday to distributing heroin and crack cocaine that led to the death of another Yorker in January 2015.

Dameon Lattimore, 39, originally from New York, is the second of three federally indicted defendants to take a plea. The third defendant, Yushonda Durant, 40, also a New York native, remains at large. A fourth person involved in the case is charged locally and will be sentenced later this summer following a court-permitted pre-sentencing release into a rehab facility.


Federal: According to a news release form the U.S. Attorney's Office in Harrisburg, Lattimore, Durant and Frederick Gladfelter, 46, of York City, were each charged in the death as well as with having distributed 100 grams of heroin and 280 grams of crack cocaine between November 2014 and February 2015.

Gladfelter pleaded not guilty to the charges in December 2015 and is awaiting trial, the release said.

York City police found William Ezla, 26, dead in an alley Jan. 21, 2015. According to the indictment, Lattimore, Durant, Gladfelter and the locally charged woman, Shybri Walker, 29, of South Queen Street, sold heroin to Elza and a friend of his at Gladfelter's home at 316 Harding Court.

Elza took the drugs and began to overdose, but the alleged drug dealers prevented his friend from calling for help and instead dragged Elza into the alley and left him there.

Local: Walker pleaded guilty in February in a York County Court of Common Pleas to the drug distributing charge in exchange for prosecutors agreeing to drop the distributing-leading-to-death charge, which would have carried a potential 20- to 40-year prison sentence.

There is no sentencing agreement in place for Walker, who is currently in a rehab facility rather than jail and is scheduled to be sentenced in August.

According to court documents, Lattimore initially pleaded not guilty in January but withdrew that plea Monday and changed his plea to guilty.

Life: The remaining three defendants under federal indictment face maximum sentences of life in prison for drug distribution and minimum sentences of 20 years for the charge of causing death from drug distribution, the news release said.

No date has been set for Gladfelter's trial, nor has a sentencing date been set for Lattimore.

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