Lake Orion man to go to jail for supplying fentanyl that killed 3 people
A 21-year-old Lake Orion man was sentenced to eight to 15 years in prison on Thursday for supplying the fentanyl drugs that killed two Rochester Hills brothers and a friend.
Police found Lorenzo Brabo in an overdose in a room at the Baymont Hotel in Auburn HiIls on July 29, 2020; it was revived with Narcan, which reverses opioid overdoses. Three other people in the room – Caleb Kiessling, 20, Kyler Kiessling, 18, and Sophia Harris, 17, also from Rochester Hills – had already died.
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Brabo was originally charged with delivering a controlled substance causing death – a charge carrying a maximum sentence of life in prison. Last month, he pleaded guilty to the reduced charge of manslaughter, carrying a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.
In documents associated with the plea agreement and filed in court, Brabo said he obtained “Percocet containing fentanyl” and that he was “very sorry”.
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is up to 50 times more potent than heroin and is responsible for more overdose deaths than any other drug in the country.
According to preliminary data from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drug overdose deaths increased by 30% across the country from 2019 to 2020. A record 93,000 people have died from drug overdoses in 2020; over 57,000 of these deaths have been attributed to fentanyl.
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