It’s a tragedy all too common, yet rarely do we see the heroin epidemic in such clarity as in Wednesday’s sentencing of fentanyl dealer.
Known criminal and drug dealer Robin Vertigans-Bush, 37, was sentenced to six years in prison for a conviction of third-degree criminal sale of narcotics and criminally negligent homicide for selling deadly fentanyl to William Rohrer.
“She can never do enough to pay for her crimes,” said Rohrer’s sister during an emotional victim impact statement. “I’m sure there are other people she has harmed as well.”
Rohrer, who had his own criminal history, was in the process of trying to get clean and sober and had recently returned from a Pennsylvania rehab facility.
“Will struggled with addiction, and he’s one of those people we knew too many times,” said Ontario County District Attorney James Ritts. “Because of insurance reasons, he couldn’t stay in treatment. We don’t know what took him back down the road, but he wouldn’t have gotten there without this defendant.”
Investigators used cell phone records to find out where Rohrer got the deadly drugs from. Rohrer and Vertigans-Bush arranged a meeting inside a local Walmart to make the drug deal.
“Will was trying for a new beginning. He was troubled and trying to escape.” said his sister during her victim impact statement. “It’s devastating that we lost Will. Robin has taken so much from us.”
Ritts vowed that if Vertigans-Bush gets into trouble again upon her return from prison, she will not “have any options.”
Vertigans-Bush has a disturbing criminal history with at least 10 arrests, including involving taking her kids to Rochester while she sold and injected herself with drugs.
“You’ve been a lousy mom,” said Ontario County Court Judge Frederick Reed during sentencing. “I hope your kids stay away from you for as long as possible.”