You poisoned my son: Mother of fentanyl OD victim
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