County man to serve time in drug death

by Staff on July 12, 2007 · 24 comments

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From the Times-Mail:

BEDFORD — Jeremy Saunders will serve a year in jail for his role in his best friend’s 2004 drug death.

Saunders, 20, Mitchell, pleaded guilty to bringing a “morphine patch” to Bryant “Boo” Bogard Jr., 19, Mitchell, shortly before his death.

Bogard died Dec. 22, 2004, from an overdose of Fentanyl, commonly known as a morphine patch. The patches do not contain morphine.

Jeremy will also be on probation for 13 years. That’s a helluva long time. I know Jeremy and some of his family. I also knew Boo. While I know that nothing will ever bring Boo back, I think that a lengthy incarceration would not have served as rehabilitation.

Judge Sleva has given you an opportunity, Jeremy, and you are obviously aware of the consequences. In less than a year, you’ll be out of jail and will begin serving two years on house arrest. Once you make it through that, you have 13 years of probation to deal with.

I know that you know what you did was wrong, but I also know very well that at the time you had no idea what was going to happen — if you did, obviously you wouldn’t have done what you did.

Violating your probation even once — regardless of how serious the violation is — has the potential for you to serve another six and one-half years in prison. I’m sure you already know that.

While I’m sure you aren’t happy that you have to spend a year in jail, that year will come and go, and you’ll go on with your life. It’s time to put drug use and petty crime behind you, become an adult, and begin leading a productive life. It’s not easy to break habits, but that’s not really an option for you.

Look at this time as an opportunity to get your head straight and begin planning the rest of your life. It’s time to grow up and begin making the best of the rest of your life. Take it from someone who’s been there. I wish you the best of luck.

Your son is relying on you to do the right thing. Don’t let him down.

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