VIDEO: A Father Tearfully Speaks Out About Son’s Fatal Overdose

August 10, 2017

John Darling, 58, of St. Leonard speaks to reporters about his son who died of a drug overdose two months.

Darling came to the August 9th press conference to ask if cases will be plead down and if they do go to a jury, will the families get to be there and be heard during the sentencing.

John Darling, of St. Leonard, was the father of John “Bryce” Darling II., 34.

John “Bryce” Darling II., 34

John “Bryce” Darling II., 34

Desmond Lamar Sloan, was arrested on August 8, 2017, Sloan was apprehended by the United States Marshals Service in Norfolk, Virginia. He remains in Norfolk where he awaits extradition to St. Mary’s County.

Fritz is charging dealers with “depraved-heart murder” or second-degree murder, He says it is the perfect charge for distributors because prosecutors can show that they sold drugs while knowing that there could be deadly consequences.





23 Responses to VIDEO: A Father Tearfully Speaks Out About Son’s Fatal Overdose

  1. Susan Reazin on August 10, 2017 at 9:59 am

    It’s about time. This country is in a sad state of affair and I blame the Dr.s getting in bed with the pharmaceutical companies. It’s all about the all mighty dollar and never has been about the patient. When Narcan is being given out to all schools because overdosing has become so common, something is very very wrong! These dealers need to be punished harshly. The people that died as a result, I’m sure, would agree. Legalize marijuana and see how that can help with pain and a plethora of other ailments. I’m pretty sure you can’t overdose on pot and it doesn’t get “enhanced” with other deadly ingredients!

    • b smith on August 10, 2017 at 7:51 pm

      I agree susan And knowing this Are we too trust The narcan given out too the kids?

    • Anonymous on August 11, 2017 at 8:16 am

      Allow me to update your database to 2017:

      Prescription medications are the reason for more than 200,000-400,000 deaths annually. The dealers should face dire consequences but so should the user and in many cases, the user suffers the consequence of a slow (sometimes fast) death due to making the poor choice of getting high off of toxic substances.

      “I’m pretty sure you can’t overdose on pot and it doesn’t get “enhanced” with other deadly ingredients!”

      Actually, that’s where you’re wrong. Never heard of “dusting,” “lacing,” or “boat?” People often “lace” marijuana with drugs and/or chemicals. “Dusting” is when marijuana is mixed with “angel dust” A.K.A. PCP. “Lacing” is similar to “dusting” but PCP isn’t usually added to the marijuana but other substances/drugs are instead. “Boat” is marijuana that has been mixed with embalming fluid and these terms and methods have existed for many years now.

      You’re welcome for the update.

    • Tony Stone on August 14, 2017 at 8:07 am

      Certainly Pot has been used to smoke other drugs such as PCP and Cocaine and they have even enhanced the THC levels, so no Pot is not exempt from being a delivery system for other drugs.

  2. MarineVet on August 10, 2017 at 10:00 am

    This is a slippery slope…
    Where is personal responsibility in all this?

    I understand that these dealers need to be punished but if we are charging people of “depraved heart murder” or second degree murder…

    how about cell phone users involved in car accidents?

    Those who have alcohol in their house?

    Swimming Pools?

    Etc so on so forth…

    Is this Minority Report?

    • Bob Lob Law on August 10, 2017 at 3:05 pm

      Unless you target the source (makers of drugs) it doesn’t matter. Cut the head off the hydra, another one appears.

    • John doe on August 10, 2017 at 7:54 pm

      I agree with you. Obviously people pushing death need to be addressed, but it is a slippery slope. Its sad what happened to this man’s son but no one forced him to use. Also, If we are charging people like this, then why not charge bartenders when people leave bars and crash cars? Or CEOs of cigarette companies? Or pharmaceutical companies CEOs? And honestly, charging heroin dealers with murder will not curb the opioid problem. Most are probably addicted users themselves… Also, during the crack epidemic many dealers were given 20-25 years (basically murder sentences) and that did not curb the problem. Unfortunately, this way of dealing with the problem is how America has approached drugs for 30+ years and it hasnt worked. I hope we can find a solution as a country to the opioid addiction issue but charging a few people (or even every dealer) with murder won’t remedy the situation.

  3. Tony Stone on August 10, 2017 at 10:34 am

    First of all Drug dealing already carries a good bit of time if convicted. Secondly people make a conscious choice to purchase drugs and any drug can kill someone. Will you do the same if an establishment sells alcohol to someone who kills someone? Will you do the same to the Doctors who prescribe opioids and get these folks hooked in the first place? No its always the street drug dealer that is the villain and that’s only because he has no lobbyists or representation. Believe me I am not saying that drug dealers shouldn’t be punished they should but everyone knows reading this that the drug dealer is not where this starts its where it ends.

    This addiction starts in two main ways, either a person has gone through emotional trauma that they are hiding from through substance abuse (that usually starts with alcohol). The second way it starts is Dr. Prescribed opioids for ongoing pain that progresses into addiction. There is no Drug dealer involvement until they’re already hooked!How about we focus on that and not in increasing our already overwhelmed prison industrial complex?!

    Creating a new law and punishment doesnt bring anyone back from what was an inevitability anyway. People dont choose to be drug addicts or alcoholics at first but they certainly realize it when they become one. Loved ones tell them,they try to help them but they choose to continue using than accept help.

    I feel for all these families! I have addicts in my family too but blaming the last guy that sold your family member drugs for his death tells me one thing and one thing only. YOU never held your addict family member accountable. YOU made excuses which in all likelihood enabled him/her to continue using making yourself just as accountable as the Dealer in their death. So if you ever gave him/her money, or drove them to the dealer, let them live rent free, made excuses for their addiction,watched their kids,etc…YOU enabled their drug use just as much as that dealer.

    • Loser on August 10, 2017 at 9:42 pm

      Do you have a child that is an addict? If not, you know nothing. How dare you assume this or any other parent enables, you don’t live in their house. If your child got killed by lighting a firework that malfunctioned would you be angry? Or would you just say of well, he knew that could happen.

    • anonymous on August 10, 2017 at 9:47 pm

      You don’t have a clue. You think you know all about addiction? It does not always have to do with emotional trauma. Addictive personalities are heredity. It’s nature. You were born to alcoholic or addictive parents, you probably don’t stand a chance. Get off your judgemental high horse.

    • Anonymous on August 11, 2017 at 9:29 am

      The doctor’s prescribe and tell you exactly how much/when to take them. People over medicate and then it starts. The street level dealer is violating the law, the doctor is not. I would agree that there needs to be a tighter reign on doctors and pharmaceuticals, but most junkies have made bad decisions and now we are all paying for it.

    • ( . Y . ) on August 11, 2017 at 2:53 pm

      I get what people are saying with regard to, for example, a bar serving alcohol to someone who then makes a decision to drink and drive. But there is a distinction that separates the two. The bar isn’t serving the consumer a product that is illegal. It is legal to serve someone alcohol. What that person does after being served isn’t the responsibility of the server, who happens to be a person who didn’t commit any crimes by serving alcohol. I have no problem making alcohol illegal, I don’t drink, wouldn’t affect me, but that’s the difference. One substance is legal and the other isn’t. These drug dealers are committing a crime that resulted in someone death.

    • Anonymous on August 11, 2017 at 11:08 pm

      Very very well said!!! This is definitely a situation where everyone has their own opinions..however I will say to this day after reading all the addiction stories…dealing with addict situations in my family.. ADDICTION IS A CHOICE! I do believe that drug dealers are breaking the law, but I don’t see where they can be charged with murder..THEY DID NOT FORCE ANYTHING ON THE USERS!! They didn’t get caught red handed with the drugs etc…it all stems from A CHOICE/DECISION of the ADDICT!!

  4. Anonymous on August 10, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    I hope this guy didn’t vote for Owe-Malley. Anyone who ever voted for Owe-Malley and complained about the criminal justice system is partially to blame for the lack of tough sentences. I can sympathize with this guy, but his son made some very poor choices in life.

    • cheywolf on August 11, 2017 at 9:54 am

      O’Malley isn’t our governor anymore and hasn’t been for a while now. Hogan is the governor. Keep up with the times….

      I agree with MarineVet, it is a slippery slope. Drug dealers are bad but there wouldn’t be drug dealers if there wasn’t a demand for drugs. I am not trying to demoralize someone who is/was battling addiction by any means but if you are please seek help, your family & friends want “you” back. They don’t want to lose you. But then there is the point that when does personal responsibility set in. When do we stop blaming everyone but ourselves for our own actions. Yes, some of these doctors just want to push pills but that doesn’t mean you have to take them. Again I am not trying to put anyone down, I just want the addicts to get clean and get their life back.

      • Ben Matlock on August 14, 2017 at 12:17 pm

        You do realize Owe-Malley’s appointments are still judges, right? Once they are appointed and win the next election, they have that seat until they are 70. Hogan can appoint more conservative judges, but only when there is a vacancy.

        • Bob Lob Law on August 15, 2017 at 7:36 am

          He probably thinks what Obama did for 8 years stopped having an effect once Trump was elected. SMH

  5. b smith on August 10, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    I feel the same way Its big money were talking all the way down to the re habs Did you hear what congress wants to spend And how much more trumps wants….Narcan I don’t really even know what that is But I have a feeling who makes it And should we trust it

  6. Stop&Think on August 11, 2017 at 6:10 am

    For all of our enraged and emotional comments, we all still seem to still agree on many points:

    — The addict bears a large portion of responsibility. Yes, they’re the victom, but sometimes the victom is at fault. You, the family and friends of addits who feel that you “didn’t do enough to save them”, don’t do that to yourselves. You’re not the cause and you were never as much of the answer as you thought. It’s not your burden to carry.

    — Dealers are society’s bottom-feeding opportunist that should be punished more than they are. The cops seem to be doing their part rounding up these dirtbags, but the Judges don’t seem to realize that we (the public) really do want these dirtbags sent away for a LONG time.

    — As a whole, we may not be addressing the real causes of addiction, blaming the wrong people and not recognizing addition early enough.

  7. Vickie on August 11, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    If I go to the pharmacy to get a prescription for 800 mg Motrin and the pharmacist gives me arsenic then it’s not my fault when an addict thinks they are getting herion and instead getting fentanyl or car fentanyl, it’s the dealers fault.

  8. Anonymous on August 11, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    It is far too common that situations as this hamper those who legitimately NEED pain reducing medicine. Those who are truly in need suffer because of the abuse of others. Sad.

  9. Anonymous on August 11, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    This man was not asking for any of your sympathy and im sure is already heartbroken enough about his sons death. Please keep your rude ass opinions about what he could have done better to yourself they are not wanted here.

  10. Anonymous on August 15, 2017 at 10:21 am

    This☝️. Finally a voice of reason.