NORRISTOWN — As he headed to prison for playing a role in the fentanyl overdose death of a Spring City man, a Philadelphia man expressed remorse for the drug delivery that turned fatal.
“I would like to apologize to the family of the victim. I feel that no parent should have to bury a child,” Davi “Sheed” Wilson said on Tuesday as sheriff’s deputies escorted him to prison to serve a sentence of 5½ -to-11-years in connection with the March 29, 2017, overdose death of Tom Treys, 25, of Spring City.
Wilson, 26, of the 2400 block of West Glenwood Avenue, pleaded guilty in Montgomery County Court to charges of drug delivery resulting in death and possession with intent to deliver fentanyl in connection with Treys’ fatal overdose. The sentence was imposed by Judge Steven T. O’Neill as part of a plea agreement.
FROM #MontcoPa #Court: Davi “Sheed” Wilson is Sentenced to 5.5 to 11 years in prison after pleading guilty to charge of drug delivery resulting in death in connection with Fentanyl overdose death of Spring City man pic.twitter.com/TD8yZdXVeS— Carl Hessler Jr. (@MontcoCourtNews) April 9, 2019
Wilson’s guilty plea came just days before his jury trial was slated to begin. By pleading guilty, Wilson avoided a potential sentence of 20-to-40-years in prison had he been convicted of the drug delivery resulting in death charge at trial.
With the charge, prosecutors alleged Wilson was part of the supply chain that ended with Treys’ obtaining the fentanyl. Specifically, prosecutors alleged Wilson provided the fentanyl to an unknown associate who then delivered it to Amanda M. Jones who shared it with Treys, who reportedly was her boyfriend.
“We believe that the investigation, the evidence, shows that the fentanyl that ultimately killed Tom Treys started with (Wilson),” said Assistant District Attorney Tonya Lupinacci.
“Under the law, even though (Wilson) did not do the hand-to-hand delivery with Tom Treys, he was held ultimately responsible because he started the chain of supply that resulted in Tom Treys’ death,” Lupinacci explained.
“I would like to apologize to the family of the victim. I feel that no parent should have to bury a child,” Davi “Sheed” Wilson said as he began stint in prison on drug delivery resulting in death charge in connection with Spring City man’s fatal overdose pic.twitter.com/DRVNlfZhts— Carl Hessler Jr. (@MontcoCourtNews) April 9, 2019
Defense lawyer Megan Schanbacher said Wilson accepted responsibility and is remorseful.
“Mr. Wilson is definitely very remorseful. These cases are difficult for both sides. There are no winners in these cases,” Schanbacher said on Wilson’s behalf. “There’s no dispute that he was at least part of the process and there’s an acceptance of responsibility and a remorse level from within him.”
Jones, 30, of Phoenixville, previously pleaded guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter and possession with intent to deliver fentanyl or heroin in connection with the incident. Specifically, Jones admitted engaging in an unlawful act in a reckless or negligent manner that resulted in the death of another person.
Jones remains free on bail while awaiting sentencing.
“This is another tragedy in the ongoing opioid epidemic,” Lupinacci said.
Defense lawyer Megan Schanbacher said Davi Wilson accepted responsibility & is remorseful for his role in Spring City man's overdose death“Mr. Wilson is definitely very remorseful. These cases are difficult for both sides. There are no winners in these cases,” Schanbacher said. pic.twitter.com/FzLttXFMmW— Carl Hessler Jr. (@MontcoCourtNews) April 9, 2019
Authorities alleged that while Treys apparently believed he had purchased heroin, in reality, it was pure fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that is 40 to 50 times more deadly than street-level heroin.
An autopsy conducted by the Chester County Coroner’s Office determined that the cause of Treys’ death was acute fentanyl and alcohol intoxication. While Treys died in Spring City, the case was handled by Montgomery County prosecutors because the drug delivery occurred in Norristown.
The investigation began about 9:17 p.m. March 29 when Spring City police responded to a report of an overdose in the 200 block of Riverside Drive in the borough. Police found Treys, who resided on Riverside Drive, unresponsive in the driver’s seat of his Honda Accord. Authorities subsequently pronounced Treys dead at the scene.
#MontcoPa Prosecutor Tonya Lupinacci: “We believe that the investigation, the evidence, shows that the fentanyl that ultimately killed Tom Treys started with (Wilson)."Davi Wilson sentenced for role in Treys' overdose death— Carl Hessler Jr. (@MontcoCourtNews) April 9, 2019
Jones, who had been with Treys, told authorities that she snorted a bag of heroin and Treys snorted two bags of heroin and that “this time it felt like nothing she had done in the past,” according to the criminal complaint filed by detectives.
The investigation determined Jones arranged to purchase 12 bags of purported heroin for $60 from Wilson in Norristown earlier on March 29.
Treys and Jones then traveled to Jamison Alley, between George and Chain streets, in Norristown, and purchased what they believed was heroin from a young male who was sent by “Sheed.” After purchasing the heroin, Treys and Jones drove back to Treys’ home and snorted the heroin.
#MontcoPa Prosecutor Tonya Lupinacci: “Under the law, even though (Davi Wilson) did not do the hand-to-hand delivery with Tom Treys, he was held ultimately responsible because he started the chain of supply that resulted in Tom Treys’ death.” Wilson draws up to 11 yrs in prison— Carl Hessler Jr. (@MontcoCourtNews) April 9, 2019
Numerous bags of suspected heroin were recovered from Treys’ vehicle and when they were analyzed they were identified as containing fentanyl, court documents indicate.
Authorities subsequently identified Wilson as a suspect in the drug sale and authorities launched an investigation of his activities. During the course of the investigation, narcotics detectives oversaw several controlled buys of heroin from Wilson in Norristown, court papers indicate.
Many of the bags of purported heroin purchased from Wilson contained fentanyl instead of heroin, detectives alleged.