You poi­soned my son: Mother of fen­tanyl OD vic­tim

Toronto Sun - - NEWS - TRACY McLAUGH­LIN Spe­cial to the Toronto Sun

BARRIE — Ryan Walker may just be a low-level drug dealer, but when he gave a deadly con­coc­tion of Fen­tanyl laced with heroin to his “best friend,” he be­came a killer, a court heard.

Walker, 24, was charged with the man­slaugh­ter of his friend, Shawn Kelly, 23, who was found dead in his bed by his mother and sis­ter in their In­n­is­fil home April 9, 2017.

But on Fri­day Walker hung his head in the pris­oner’s box and pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of crim­i­nal neg­li­gence caus­ing death and traf­fick­ing.

“You are no friend of my son — you poi­soned him,” shot Kelly’s griev­ing mother, Denise, as she wiped tears and read her vic­tim im­pact state­ment in court. “Friends don’t give friends poi­son.”

She said her son was re­cov­er­ing from drug ad­dic­tion when he re­lapsed.

“A true friend would have done what­ever he could to get him to re­hab.”

The mother wept as she de­scribed her pain at los­ing her only son.

“When we first be­come par­ents, we never imag­ine plan­ning our child’s fu­neral ... hav­ing to de­cide if my son should go into an urn or into a dark hole in the ground.”

Kelly’s lit­tle sis­ter, Me­gan, 17, de­scribed finding her brother dead that morn­ing.

“I close my eyes and I pic­ture how I found him, cold and stiff and pur­ple and blue.”

And Kelly’s 4-year-old son, Colby, wrote a let­ter say­ing how much he misses his daddy.

“My daddy used to read me sto­ries but a bad man killed him ... Now he lives in the sky.”

Fed­eral Crown Phil Bris­sette told the court it’s time to crack down on traf­fick­ers who sell drugs strong enough to kill.

“Fen­tanyl is the most dan­ger­ous drug out there,” Bris­sette said, not­ing that there is an “opi­oid cri­sis” in Sim­coe County.

“I’m sorry,” Walker said, stand­ing in the pris­oner’s box. “I re­gret los­ing my friend ev­ery sin­gle day.”

The Crown is ask­ing for four to five years in prison. A judge will sen­tence Walker on Jan. 23.

Shawn Kelly and son Colby.

WALKER Pleaded guilty

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