San Diego Man Sentenced Nearly 14 Years for Fentanyl Sale That Killed Woman

SAN DIEGO—A San Diego man who sold fentanyl that resulted in an 18-year-old woman’s death was sentenced Nov. 22 to nearly 14 years in federal prison. Brandon Jacob Shepherd, 26, pleaded guilty earlier this year to coordinating a sale of the drugs to the woman, identified in court records only as P.E.R. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Shepherd and co-defendant Leon Chester Kolin III arranged the sale and smoked fentanyl with P.E.R. in January 2020. The victim overdosed that night, but did not die, though prosecutors allege Shepherd told a friend that the woman nearly “fell out,” meaning she had almost died. P.E.R. smoked some of the fentanyl resin sold to her days later and this time, overdosed and died, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. According to the prosecution’s sentencing memorandum, investigators posed as P.E.R. following her death and arranged to buy more fentanyl from Shepherd. He was arrested …

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