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Drug dealer sentenced to 6 years for fatal fentanyl overdose

Victim discovered unconscious at her home after purchasing powerful narcotic the previous night

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A man who sold the powerful narcotic fentanyl to a woman who later died was sentenced to six years and eight months of jail time and court supervision on Monday, the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office said.

Jon Curtis Oxenford, 26, of East Palo Alto, pleaded no contest to three counts of sale or transportation of a controlled substance related to the death of Alison Catalli, a 32-year-old San Carlos woman who died from a fentanyl overdose on Sept. 26, 2018.

Catalli had taken half an oxycontin pill, a strong narcotic, at 11 p.m. the night before her death and borrowed $20 from her roommate to purchase more drugs, according to the District Attorney's Office. The roommate took her to Oxenford's apartment to purchase fentanyl, a strong synthetic opioid that is 80 to 100 times stronger than morphine, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. The roommate found Catalli unconscious at her home the next morning. The San Mateo County Coroner's Office determined the cause of death was an overdose of fentanyl and venlafaxine, an antidepressant.

The roommate took police to Oxenford's apartment in the 1900 block of Cooley Avenue near Woodland Avenue in East Palo Alto where Catalli had purchased the drugs. A search warrant of Catalli's phone uncovered numerous text messages with Oxenford for drug sales, including an agreement to meet to purchase drugs the night before she died. Catalli had a fentanyl overdose four months prior to her death but was revived and hospitalized, the District Attorney's office said.

San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Susan L. Greenberg sentenced Oxenford to three years in county jail and three years and eight months of mandatory court supervision. He received 824 days credit for time served.


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5 people like this
Posted by Mama
a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 26, 2020 at 1:25 pm

Ridiculous sentence. This is murder!

8 people like this
Posted by He Got Off Easy
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Feb 26, 2020 at 3:20 pm

He got off easy...way less than six years in county jail with credit for time already served.

BTW...for those who are unacquainted with the jail sentencing guidelines, an inmate gets double credit for each day served. In other words, it's a two for one deal. This guy will serve far less than three years...in essence 6 years = 3 years less time already served while awaiting trial.

America is way too easy on drug dealers.

8 people like this
Posted by Capital Punishment for Drug Dealers?
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Feb 26, 2020 at 6:02 pm

> America is way too easy on drug dealers.

True Dat.

Just look at the Sackler family, who have ruined tens of thousands, possibly millions of lives. They should ALL be serving consecutive life sentences in a Max facility.

"Sacklers Withdrew Nearly $11 Billion From Purdue As Opioid Crisis Mounted" Web Link

6 years for each case? YES!!

6 people like this
Posted by Just Say NO
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Feb 27, 2020 at 2:32 pm

"Good people don't do drugs." - Nancy Reagan

I'm not familiar with fentanyl users but meth addicts certainly seem to meet Ms. Reagan's description.

2 people like this
Posted by Confusing
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Feb 27, 2020 at 4:40 pm

Politicians (including our governor) are trying to outdo each other in calls for “ criminal justice reform” for “nonviolent drug offenses”. Now we’re opposed to that again?

What a difference it makes when the victims are your neighbors.

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