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After fatal fentanyl overdose Gorham man indicted on manslaughter charge

Ontario County Sheriff Kevin Henderson says a Gorham resident was arrested on manslaughter charges following a grand jury indictment this week.

Donald Lee Everson, 28, of Gorham has been charged with second-degree manslaughter on May 7th.

Henderson says the charge stems from an investigation by the Sheriff’s Office, which began on October 30th, 2018. On that date, deputies and EMS responded to an address in Gorham for a reported heroin overdose.

Henderson says the victim, identified as Justin Meath, 31, was transported to F.F. Thompson Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

During the investigation Henderson says the investigative team learned that Everyone had sold narcotics to Meath on the night of his death – along with another Gorham resident.



Meath was arrested on November 2nd on felony drug charges. Those charges included criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree.

Through further investigation and lab results, it was determined that Everyone had sold fentanyl to both Meath and the other male; and that an overdose of fentanyl was the cause of death for Meath.

The Ontario County District Attorney’s Office presented the case to a Grand Jury, who indicted Everson on one count of second-degree manslaughter, two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, and two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Everson was arraigned in Ontario County Court this week and bailed was held at $20,000.

The Ontario County Sheriff’s Office was assisted through the investigation by the District Attorney’s Office, and Ontario County Coroner.


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