Logan CrawfordFeb 13, 2018, 5:59 pmFeb 14, 2018, 4:01 pm

Ronkonkoma drug dealer sentenced in deadly fentanyl overdose

James Fava apologized to Bryan Gallagher’s family before receiving prison sentence

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RIVERHEAD — A Ronkonkoma man who pleaded guilty to manslaughter in an overdose death learned his fate in court Monday. A judge sentenced James Fava to four to six years in prison for the overdose death of Bryan Gallagher after he confessed to selling him drugs that he knew could be potentially lethal.

Before Fava was sentenced, Mike Gallagher spoke about the difficulty of losing his son.

"The hardest thing in the world is losing a child. Someone you raised and watched grow every day. Someone you taught to walk, talk, and love," he said.

Fava also spoke, apologizing for his role in Gallagher's death.

"I would just like to say I'm sorry for the loss of Bryan. I truly do miss him. I grew up with him. He was like a brother to me," he said.

Suffolk District Attorney Tim Sini says he wants this case to send a message to all drug dealers in the county.

"We are not going to tolerate drug dealers causing fatal overdoses in our community. We need to treat drug dealers who are causing these overdoses as murderers," Sini said.

The DA and the judge both say they hope this sentencing will keep people from selling potentially lethal drugs like fentanyl in the future.

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