Cecilia DowdJun 18, 2018, 6:21 pmJun 19, 2018, 2:16 pm

Drug dealer admits to selling heroin that caused overdose death of Kings Park wrestler

Richard Jacobellis admitted to selling drugs that killed the 20-year-old in 2016


CENTRAL ISLIP — A drug dealer admitted in court Monday to selling the heroin that caused the death of 20-year-old Nicholas Weber.

Weber, an accomplished wrestler and musician from Kings Park, died of a heroin overdose in 2016.

“It all happened so fast. I just miss him so much. It was because he was a wrestler, everyone knew him as this really intense gorilla-type guy. He was so successful, but then he would play his piano for his wrestling friends and they would be shocked at his wrestling tournaments,” the victim’s father, Stephen Weber, said.

In court, the man who sold Weber the heroin, Richard Jacobellis, said, "I sold heroin to Nicholas Weber that caused his death."

He will spend 16 years behind bars as part of a plea agreement with federal prosecutors; though, he could have faced life. Jacobellis also admitted to selling to another person a year before Weber's death. That person, prosecutors say, suffered permanent brain damage and admitted to selling to a confidential informant a year after Weber's death.

“I just hope the defendant serves his time honorably and finds a way to give back to the community which he's taken so much from,” Stephen Weber said.

Jacobellis will be sentenced in October.

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