Man pleads guilty in fatal overdose of girl, 17

  • Thu Jul 5th, 2012 6:46pm
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By Diana Hefley Herald Writer

EVERETT — A Snohomish County man faces about two years in prison for his part in the 2011 overdose death of a Marysville teenager.

Darren Pevny, 23, earlier this week pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter. He is accused of providing a Marysville Getchell High School student oxymorphone, a highly addictive narcotic prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain.

The girl, 17, fatally overdosed June 18, 2011 on a combination of oxymorphone, cocaine, alcohol and a doctor-prescribed anti-depressant, according to court documents.

Prosecutors didn’t name the girl in court papers, instead referring to her by her initials.

The Herald also hasn’t named the girl because of her age and the circumstances of her death.

Pevny and his girlfriend, 19, reportedly told police that they were with the girl the night before she died. Pevny bought a bottle of tequila and shared it with the teens before they all left for a party, where there was beer and cocaine available, court papers said. The older girl told detectives that the high-schooler may have done some cocaine while at the party. The three left the party and returned to the Marysville home that Pevny shared with his parents.

Once there, Pevny crushed up one oxymorphone pill and part of another. The three each snorted a line. The girl quickly fell asleep, according to Pevny and his girlfriend. They moved her to the floor and they took the bed. They told detectives that they heard her snoring loudly during the early morning hours.

Pevny woke up around 1 p.m. and noticed that something was wrong with the girl. He said he tried to wake her but she didn’t have a pulse. Pevny yelled for his parents. His father began life-saving efforts and Pevny called 911, court papers said.

Paramedics were unable to revive the girl.

Marysville police officers interviewed Pevny, who admitted that he provided the teen with Opana, a brand name for oxymorphone. He also admitted that he sold drugs, including marijuana and prescription painkillers, court papers said. Detectives collected scales, ledgers and jars containing marijuana from Pevny’s bedroom.

Pevny is scheduled to be sentenced next month. He remains out of custody.

Diana Hefley: 425-339-3463; hefley@heraldnet.com.