Defendant Jevante Hamilton was sentenced to 30 years in Florida State Prison for his role in the overdose death of a Palm Coast man in 2019 – and as a Habitual Felony Offender.
A Flagler County jury found Hamilton guilty of Manslaughter at the conclusion of a three-day trial this past August. He had multiple prior felony convictions, which include charges such as Accessory after the fact, First-Degree Felony, Grand Theft, Trafficking in Hydrocodone, Possession of Cocaine, and Sale of Heroin within 1000 feet of a park.
In August 2019, a Palm Coast man died from a drug overdose.
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Messages on the victim’s cell phone showed a cocaine and heroin purchase was scheduled for earlier that day with a seller going by the name of “Ricardo.” Instead, he was given fentanyl.
Hamilton was arrested and admitted to selling to the victim. The powdery white substance found in his car tested positive for fentanyl.
Hamilton had recently been sentenced to 10 years in prison following a case in Volusia County. That charge will run consecutive to his 30-year sentence, meaning he will spend the next 40 years in prison.
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“Hopefully this sentence will bring some closure to the victim’s family,“ said Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly. “We now have multiple poison peddlers in prison for murder and we will continue to find and prosecute poison peddler murderers that sell a fatal dose and lock them up for as long as possible. I commend our Major Case detectives for their hard work as these are difficult cases.”
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