MOUNT VERNON — A Mount Vernon man was sentenced to prison Thursday for providing drugs that resulted in a friend’s overdose death.
Luke T. Wilson, 27, was sentenced by Knox County Common Pleas Judge Richard Wetzel to four years in prison and a $5,000 fine on one count of involuntary manslaughter. The charge is a first-degree felony, carrying a maximum sentence of 11 years in prison.
The charge stems from Jan. 26, 2017, when Wilson provided drugs to Trever Davis, 28. Davis died from a fentanyl overdose the same day.
Wetzel further sentenced Wilson on a charge of trafficking in marijuana, with the time to run concurrent with the four years on the involuntary manslaughter charge. The charge is from a separate, unrelated incident.
Several members of Davis’s family spoke at the sentencing hearing. Wilson had a prepared statement, which was read by Assistant Public Defender Brandon Crunkilton.
Wilson and Davis were described in prior hearings as good friends. However, Davis’s family said Thursday that within the last few years, they did not want Wilson around.
Sue Davis, Trever’s mother, said Trever had been sober for two and a half years prior to the overdose.
Trever’s death “has caused my family so much pain,” Sue said. Sue asked for the maximum sentence for Wilson and said she wants Wilson to “to wake up every day and know why he is there (in prison).”
A statement written by Trever’s sister, Samantha, was read by Victim Advocate Diana Oswalt. Samantha wrote that after Trever’s death, “for months on end there wasn’t a single night where I didn’t cry myself to sleep reaching out for my brother.” Samantha also asked that Wilson receive a maximum sentence.
“Luke should have to sit in prison for the maximum time allowed by law,” Samantha’s statement read. “Four years is nothing. In four years he will be right back where he was without skipping a beat. I will never see my brother, so why should Luke get to be free after four years?”
Wilson was emotional throughout the hearing, crying during the family’s statements. Crunkilton said Wilson had planned to read his statement, but could not.
Crunkilton said Wilson knows the pain of losing someone through drugs.
“He understands fully what the family is going through, even though he knows that doesn’t help,” Crunkilton said. “(Wilson) loved (Davis) as much as he loved any family member.”
Crunkilton said that Wilson, upon his release from prison, wants to help others by sharing his story.