Soddy-Daisy man receives 13-year sentence for fentanyl overdose death

Hamilton County Sheriff's Office / Dylan Burrows, 28
Hamilton County Sheriff's Office / Dylan Burrows, 28

A Soddy-Daisy man pleaded guilty Thursday to several charges, including facilitation of second-degree murder in connection with a 2022 fentanyl overdose death.

Dylan Burrows, 28, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of facilitation as part of a plea agreement with state prosecutors. He was indicted by a Hamilton County grand jury on second-degree murder in connection with the July 30, 2022, death of Jacob Crawley, according to court documents.

Burrows was sentenced to 13 years in prison as part of the plea deal, Hamilton County Criminal Court Judge Boyd Patterson said in court.

"I hope you can see the pain you caused, intentional or not," Patterson said in court. "With fentanyl out there right now, there are so many ways you can kill people."

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Drug use has become increasingly dangerous, Patterson said. People might go to their "same drug dealers, same amount of drugs" and die of an overdose due to fentanyl.

Patterson referenced Assistant District Attorney Jamie Pulido, who is Hamilton County's first chief opioid prosecutor. Pulido was hired last year to focus on high-level drug dealers who can now be prosecuted under Tennessee's second-degree murder statute.

"In this jurisdiction, the DA is taking it very seriously," Patterson said.

Hamilton County District Attorney Coty Wamp did not immediately respond Thursday to a request for comment on the outcome or details of the case.

(READ MORE: Fentanyl killed their loved ones. Now Hamilton County has a chance to act.)

Burrows pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of fentanyl for resale, as well as possession of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous offense and possession of a firearm during a dangerous felony.

Crawley was 24 years old when he died from a fentanyl overdose. Crystal Crawley, his mother, said in court that she didn't believe Burrows intended to kill her son that day.

"I hope you stay away from drugs," Crystal Crawley said. "I do hope your parents don't have to see you in a casket like I saw my son."

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