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Maximum sentence handed down for Carfentanil death

Tyreise Divron Nelson

Leonardtown, MD - On Friday, Feb. 9 a Lexington Park man was sentenced in connection with a fatal opioid overdose.

Tyreise Divron Nelson, 25, was sentenced to 10 years in the Department of Corrections for his role in the fatal overdose of Jonathan Elkins (pictured below).

Elkins, of Lexington Park, died in June 2017 after overdosing on Carfentanil. During the sentencing his mother, Victoria Foster, gave a tearful request to Judge Michael J. Stamm, asking for the maximum sentence.

“Two children, ages seven and four, will never see their father again. His [Nelson] family can see him every weekend in jail.” Foster went on to admit her son had a drug problem but not a death wish. “My son chose to do drugs, he didn’t choose Carfentanil.” After her testimony, State’s Attorney Richard Fritz presented a photo collage Foster made of Elkins’ life from birth through adulthood.

Nelson’s defense attorney, Ralph Larry Warren, told the court Nelson decided on an Alford plea after weighing the risks of going to trial but that the State’s case rested on a witness who had given police contradictory information about the night of Elkin’s death.

In the end, Stamm said he was upholding the sentencing agreement from the plea deal; 10 years for involuntary manslaughter and 10 years for possession with intent to distribute—the sentences will run concurrently. “If I could, I would give you more than 10 years. You gave that [Elkins] family a lifetime sentence,” Stamm stated.

Nelson was among eight people indicted in August 2017 in connection with fatal overdoses in St. Mary’s County. Each suspect was indicted on a list of charges, including second-degree depraved heart murder. Four of the eight cases have been tried without one conviction on the murder charge.

Contact Joy Shrum at j.shrum@thebaynet.com

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