KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The Knox County District Attorney’s Office said a heroin dealer was sentenced to 11 years in prison for his role in the overdose death of a 24-year-old man.
Paxton Levont Everett, 23, was convicted of facilitation of second degree murder and sale of heroin. The district attorney’s office said Everett sold a half gram of heroin to the victim for $120.
The man purchased the heroin at Everett’s apartment, located at 710 Nature Trail Boulevard, on January 9, according to the DA’s office. They said the man ingested the heroin while at Everett’s apartment and later had more heroin at his residence, located at 2845 Jersey Place. The district attorney’s office said it wasn’t until the next day that the woman’s roommates had realized he had overdosed.
“Overdose deaths have nearly doubled in the last five years,” said DA Charme Allen. “The number of overdose deaths, especially those involving heroin and other opiates, will continue to rise unless we do everything we can to combat this growing epidemic.”