Two sentenced to prison in Springetts drug death
Two people who provided the drugs that killed a Springettsbury Township man more than two years ago will spend the next few years in prison.
Last week, Elvin Rosario, 24, of Reading, Berks County, and Jacob Daniel Thomas Walsh, 23, of Palmyra, Lebanon County, pleaded guilty to charges that their actions led to the death of 23-year-old Collin Carey in June 2015.
Rosario pleaded guilty to drug delivery resulting in death and conspiracy to commit drug delivery resulting in death. Judge Craig T. Trebilcock sentenced him to five to 10 years in prison.
Walsh pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit drug delivery resulting in death. He was sentenced to four to eight years in prison.
Sale and overdose: According to charging documents filed in 2015 by Springettsbury Township Police, Carey arranged with Walsh to purchase heroin at a Knights Inn in the Palmyra area on June 5, 2015.
Police say Rosario and Walsh were packing drugs in a hotel room there that day, and Walsh had to complete a marijuana deal at the time of Carey's arrival. Walsh asked Rosario to give Carey the drugs, court documents state.
Senior deputy prosecutor Renee Franchi said Rosario was the supplier and Walsh worked with him.
“They both were dealers,” she said.
Rosario met Carey and his friend in their vehicle in the hotel's parking lot and sold them heroin, according to police.
Carey was found dead in his apartment in the 1800 block of North Hills Road, Springettsbury Township, on June 6, 2015, documents state.
Police found a white substance in baggies that later tested positive for fentanyl.
His autopsy showed his cause of death as adverse effects of fentanyl, police said.
According to court documents, Walsh stopped selling drugs for a short time following Carey's death. He returned to selling at the end of June 2015, and he was arrested by Palmyra Police, officials said.
Plea: Rosario entered his plea Wednesday, Jan. 17, and Walsh entered his plea Thursday, Jan. 18.
Rosario's attorney, Michael Kotik, said Rosario is having a difficult time dealing with his actions.
"He did have a role in this, he pled guilty to it, and believe me, he understands what his actions resulted in," he said.
Kotik called the resolution "fair" and "extremely reasonable" and said it's difficult to say there's a good result in cases like Rosario's, because somebody died.
A message seeking comment from Walsh's public defender, Ronald Jackson, was not immediately returned Tuesday, Jan. 23.
As a result of the men's pleas, their other drug-related charges were dismissed
Walsh's sentence will be served concurrently with his multiple other sentences in Lebanon and Dauphin counties, according to Kyle King, spokesman for the York County District Attorney's Office.
Walsh is currently serving a 10- to 21-year sentence at a state prison facility in Greene County, according to Amy Worden, press secretary for the state Department of Corrections.
He's been incarcerated since April 2016 on robbery offenses out of Lebanon County, according to Worden.
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