3 plead guilty in connection to heroin death of Sheraden woman in Bethel Park | TribLIVE.com

3 plead guilty in connection to heroin death of Sheraden woman in Bethel Park

Natasha Lindstrom
The Allegheny County Courthouse on Grant Street in Downtown Pittsburgh.

Three people have struck plea deals in connection to a Pittsburgh woman’s fatal heroin overdose at a Bethel Park house in 2017, prosecutors said.

Debra Lee Taylor, 41, of Carnegie pleaded guilty Thursday to drug delivery resulting in the death of Shannon J. “Sissy” Fashian for supplying the heroin that killed the 28-year-old woman from the city’s Sheraden neighborhood.

In exchange for Taylor’s guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to a sentence of 23 to 46 months in prison followed by eight years of probation, Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office spokesman Mike Manko said.

Taylor, who already has served about 30 months in prison, “is expected to be paroled,” Manko said.

Two co-defendants pleaded guilty to lesser charges.

Taylor’s boyfriend, Glen Perella, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, delivery of a controlled substance and criminal communication.

Fashian died at Perella’s Bethel Park home after using heroin that Perella bought and shared with her, a criminal complaint said.

Perella was sentenced to 11 ½ to 23 months in prison followed by five years of probation. The judge gave permission for Perella to spend part of his sentence on house arrest, Manko said.

Latasha Walker — a Carnegie woman who was in a car with Taylor during the sale of the heroin — pleaded guilty to delivery of a controlled substance, conspiracy and other drug charges and was sentenced to probation.

Controlled drug buy nabs suppliers

On the afternoon of Nov. 2, 2016, Perella made plans to buy heroin from a supplier he knew as “Peaches” at a Burger King on Route 88 in Bethel Park, the criminal complaint said.

Perella parked his car next to Peaches, later identified by Perella and police to be Debra Taylor.

Taylor, seated in her vehicle‘s driver’s seat, passed six packets of heroin to Walker in the front passenger seat, and Walker handed the drugs to Perella through his car’s window, the complaint said.

Perella brought the heroin to his house on Brady Place and shared some with Fashian.

Fashian then went into a bathroom to use it, Perella told police.

When Fashian came out, she collapsed.

Perella called 911 and “attempted to render aid to no avail,” the complaint said.

By the time emergency responders arrived, Fashian was lying on her side in a hallway. Her face was blue and she was not breathing. Medics tried performing CPR and giving other aid, but Fashian was pronounced dead at the house.

The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office said that Fashian died of a combined drug poisoning of heroin, fentanyl, diphenhydramine and ethanol.

The next day, officials oversaw a controlled drug buy between Perella and Taylor at Perella’s house that resulted in the seizure of 130 packets labeled “COBRA” in black ink — the same marking police found on the packet of heroin that led to Fashian’s death, the complaint said.

Taylor also pleaded guilty to delivery of a controlled substance and criminal communication.

All three defendants entered their guilty pleas on Thursday before Allegheny County Judge Kevin Sasinoski, Manko said.

Natasha Lindstrom is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Natasha at 412-380-8514, [email protected] or via Twitter .

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.