Bucks County man gets 10-30 years for selling lethal dose of fentanyl-laced heroin

Jim Melwert
December 18, 2018 - 11:37 am
William Brennan

Bucks County District Attorney's Office

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BUCKS COUNTY, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — A Bucks County man is facing up to 30 years in prison for selling the fentanyl-laced heroin that killed 23-year-old Lukas Titus. 

William Brennan, 21, was sentenced to 7.5-to-20 years in prison for drug delivery resulting in death, and another 2.5-to-10 years for possession to intent to deliver.

Titus was found dead of a fentanyl overdose in November of last year. Police say they found his cell phone near his body, and they say it contained a text message conversation with Brennan about buying drugs.

Brennan pleaded guilty to selling the drugs that that killed Titus, of Telford, and to selling fentanyl to undercover officers after he learned Titus had died. 

“He was using his addiction as an excuse to sell these drugs," said prosecutor Ashley Towhey, who says the death didn’t stop Brennan.

"After delivering the fatal dose of fentanyl to Lucas Titus, he continued to sell. Actually the day he found he had died, he picked up more fentanyl to sell on the streets," Towhey said. 

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that can be up to 50 times more potent than heroin. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently announced it's the most commonly used drug associated with overdose deaths.

Handing down the sentence, the judge told Brennan that what was just a few dollars to him was in effect a human life.

According to court records, Brennan has several prior arrests for possession with intent to deliver.