SAN DIEGO. A San Diego man selling fentanyl that killed an 18-year-old woman was sentenced on November 22 to nearly 14 years in federal prison.
Brandon Jacob Shepherd, 26, pleaded guilty earlier this year to coordinating the sale of drugs to a woman listed as PER only in court records.
According to the US Attorney’s Office, Shepherd and co-accused Leon Chester Colin III organized the sale and smoked fentanyl using PER in January 2020.
The victim overdosed that night but did not die, although prosecutors say Shepherd told a friend that the woman nearly “fell out,” which means she nearly died.
PER smoked some of the fentanyl gum sold to her a few days later, and this time she died of an overdose, the US Attorney’s Office said.
According to the prosecution memorandum, investigators impersonated PER after her death and agreed to buy more fentanyl from Shepard. The document says that he was detained at a hotel, where he was selling drugs in one of the rooms.
Colin was sentenced earlier this year to nearly three years in prison, while two other defendants, whom prosecutors described as “involved in the ongoing fentanyl distribution scheme” with Shepard, were also sentenced.
“Unfortunately, fentanyl has once again ended a bright and promising future here in our community, the loss of which will forever be felt by her family,” said Acting US Attorney Randy Grossman.