Drug Dealer Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison for Overdose Death

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In the 2019 overdose death of a Palm Coast man, defendant Jevante Hamilton was sentenced to 30 years in Florida State Prison during a hearing on January 31, 2023. He was also found guilty of being a Habitual Felony Offender. At the end of a three-day trial in August, a Flagler County jury found Hamilton guilty of Manslaughter. He had been convicted of a number of previous felonies, including Accessory after the fact First-Degree Felony, Grand Theft, Trafficking in Hydrocodone, Possession of Cocaine, and Heroin Sale within 1000 Feet of a Park.

A drug overdose claimed the life of a Palm Coast man in August 2019. A seller whose name was “Ricardo” was scheduled to make a cocaine and heroin purchase earlier that day, according to messages on the victim’s cell phone. He received fentanyl instead.
After being apprehended, the defendant admitted to making a sale to the victim. Fentanyl was found in the white powder found in his vehicle.

Following a case in Volusia County, Hamilton had recently received a ten-year prison sentence. He will serve 40 years in prison for that charge, which will run concurrently with his 30 years in prison.

Sheriff Rick Staly stated, “Hopefully this sentence will bring some closure to the victim’s family.”

Multiple poison peddler murderers are currently in prison, and we will continue to hunt down and prosecute poison peddler murderers who sell fatal doses and remain in prison for as long as possible. Given that these are difficult cases, I commend our Major Case detectives for their hard work.

By Kim Hunt

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