A Galeton man was found guilty last week in the four-count indictment by Chief U.S. District Judge Christopher C. Conner of directly causing a drug overdose four years ago.
David Piaquadio, 62, was found guilty in federal court July 28 of supplying the fentanyl that caused put the victim at serious risk of death on March 12, 2015.
Piaquadio was convicted of conspiracy to distribute oxycodone, fentanyl and heroin, distribution of oxycodone and fentanyl, and attempted distribution of oxycodone, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.
Conner found that the overdose victim “suffered serious bodily injury in the form of a drug overdose that placed him at serious risk of brain death or physical death without medical intervention.”
According to Conner’s memorandum, after receiving the drug from Piaquadio, the individual heated it in a spoon and then injected it into his right arm. The overdose victim was found by his mother unconscious with a syringe stuck in his right arm in close proximity to a metal spoon containing fentanyl residue.
In returning the guilty verdict, Conner found beyond a reasonable doubt that the use of the fentanyl distributed by Piaquadio resulted in serious bodily injury to the victim.
Based on that finding, Piaquadio faces a 20-year mandatory sentence and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.
In the memorandum filed in support of the verdict, Conner found that Piaquadio admitted that he and his girlfriend, Jane Flynn, who is deceased, sold between 100 to 120 oxycodone tablets and one or two fentanyl patches per month.
According to the memorandum, on the morning of March 12, 2015, the day he delivered fentanyl to the overdose victim, Piaquadio filled a prescription for himself of 150 oxycodone tablets and 10 fentanyl patches.