State prison for York-area man who sold fatal dose of opioids
A Conewago Township man who provided a fatal dose of opioids to an acquaintance must spend at least four years in prison.
Jacob Wayne Fink initially displeased presiding Senior Common Pleas Judge Joseph C. Madenspacher by declining to make a statement at his sentencing hearing in York County Court on Wednesday, Aug. 28.
The judge said he was accustomed to seeing at least some contrition from defendants in such cases.
Defense attorney Ron Gross explained that Fink and victim Dillon Jones used drugs together, and that it could just as easily have been Fink who died and Jones who was charged for it.
"But I am disappointed," Madenspacher said. "I would like to hear a little remorse now and then."
Fink, 23, responded to the judge, saying he's had three years to think about Jones' death.
"I just feel I have no words that can change anything," he said. "I feel terrible about it."
"I'm glad you spoke up," Madenspacher said, calling Jones' death a waste.
The judge imposed the agreed-upon sentence of four to nine years in prison, with 465 days' credit for time served. He also ordered Fink to pay $10,326 in restitution for Jones' funeral expenses, according to senior deputy prosecutor Lewis Reagan.
Fink pleaded guilty July 15 to the first-degree felony of drug delivery resulting in death. As part of his negotiated plea agreement, lesser charges of drug dealing and conspiracy were dropped.
The charge is akin in seriousness to third-degree murder and carries a maximum possible punishment of 20 to 40 years in prison.
The background: Newberry Township Police said Fink bought opioids from Elijah Raquann Williams, then sold them to Dillon Jones.
Jones, 24, of Newberry Township, overdosed and died Sept. 4, 2016. The York County Coroner's Office determined his cause of death to be heroin and fentanyl toxicity, according to court documents.
After Jones' death, police used his cellphone's history to track down Fink, which took until April 2018, documents state.
Police said Fink would frequently buy drugs in Harrisburg from Williams. Investigators found texts on Jones' phone about Fink picking up drugs for him, according to court documents.
The day before Jones died, he drove Fink to Harrisburg to buy heroin from Williams, officials said.
Williams, 23, pleaded guilty June 17 in York County Court to felony drug possession with intent to deliver. In exchange for his plea, charges of drug delivery resulting in death and conspiracy were dropped, court records state.
Williams was sentenced to three to eight years in state prison and given credit for the 400 days he had already served, according to court records.
Jones, a 2009 graduate of Red Land High School, played many sports growing up, including hockey, soccer and baseball, according to his obituary.
He enjoyed skateboarding, hiking, camping and music festivals, his obituary states.
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