A state appeals court panel upheld a Covina man’s conviction for giving a powerful opioid to his 16-year-old girlfriend who died of an overdose after snorting the drug.
Jurors convicted Treyvon Love Ollo, who was 18 at the time of his girlfriend’s June 2017 death, of furnishing or giving drugs to the teen and found true an allegation that he had personally inflicted great bodily injury on her.
In a 13-page ruling, a three-justice panel from California’s 2nd District Court of Appeal concluded that “a defendant’s act of furnishing drugs and the user’s voluntary act of ingesting them constitute concurrent direct causes, such that the defendant who so furnishes personally inflicts great bodily injury upon his victim when she subsequently dies from an overdose.”
Ollo provided his girlfriend with a white, powdery substance that he thought was cocaine, but wound up being fentanyl — which is 50 to 100 times more potent than heroin, the justices noted.
The teen died from a fentanyl overdose later that night, and he found her dead the next morning, according to the ruling.
“At first, he tried to get a friend to help him put her corpse in an Uber to transport it to a hospital. However, when no one would agree to help, he called 911,” the justices noted.
Paramedics pronounced the girl dead at the scene.
Ollo was sentenced in May 2018 to 12 years in state prison.
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