No bail for the first person charged under Kristen's Law
NEWPORT, R.I. (WLNE) -- No bail for the first person in Rhode Island charged under Kristen’s Law. The law puts life in prison on the table for people who deal a deadly overdose.
Cary Pachecho was indicted by the Newport County Grand Jury for dealing a deadly dose of fentanyl. Friends of the victim are happy the law is in place and say Pacheco deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison.
The very first person to be charged under Kristen’s Law faced a judge Thursday morning. Cary Pacheco is facing a slew of felonies. Police say he sold fentanyl laced drugs to Andrew Paiva who died of an overdose.
"He was very soft spoken, very kind, always willing to help, very good soul and it's a shame that this happened," says his friend Melody O’Brien.
Paiva was staying at McKinney shelter in Newport. Friends say he had been sober for a little over a year.
"I know in my heart of hearts he didn't know it was fentanyl,” says O’Brien.
Before the governor signed it, Kristen’s Law faced some backlash in the medical and recovery community. They said it wouldn't catch big time drug dealers but addicts themselves.
According to court documents, Pachecho was supplying the drugs to a person who then sold them to the victim.
"When you sell them a substance that's deadly and they don't know or are not aware what's in the substance that you're selling, you're gambling with people's lives and you should be held accountable,” says O’Brien.
Pachecho now faces the possibility of spending the rest of his life in prison, something those still mourning think is a fair sentence.
"When you're in a shelter situation you become very close to the people who are there, it's almost like a little family. When one of your own goes, in this kind of way, in a way that could've been totally avoided, it’s devastating,” says O’Brien.
Some are concerned Kristen’s Law will deter people who witness a drug overdose from calling 911. Attorney General Neronha says that's why there's the Good Samaritan Law.
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