PLAINVILLE - A Bristol man accused of giving drugs to a friend who overdosed at a local motel must choose between becoming a convicted felon or heading to prison, unless he wants a trial.
Jacob Shoplick, 22, of 169 Gridley St., Bristol, was offered two plea bargains Wednesday, during a hearing in Bristol Superior Court. The first deal would include pleading guilty to a number of charges, including a felony, and serving three years of probation.
The other deal would include pleading guilty to misdemeanors and serving two years in prison. Shoplick will have until Sept. 21 to take one of the deals, otherwise he could seek a pretrial hearing - in which a judge could make his own plea deal offer - or head to trial.
Shoplick, who is free on $10,000 bond, has been charged with illegal sale of heroin, illegal possession of cocaine, first-degree reckless endangerment, possession of drug paraphernalia, tampering with physical evidence and illegal possession of fentanyl.
According to the police report, officers responded on March 22, 2017, at about 7:41 a.m. to the Advance Motel, at 124 New Britain Ave., on the report of an overdose. Officers and paramedics found the victim - whose name and age have been redacted from the report - lying on the bed, suffering from strained breathing.
The victim regained consciousness after being administered Narcan - a heroin antidote. He was then brought to the Hospital of Central Connecticut.
When police spoke to Shoplick, who called 911, he initially told them his friend called him and asked him to meet him at the motel, the report said. When he arrived, he said, he found the man suffering from an overdose. According to the report, Shoplick later admitted to police that he had bought crack cocaine and heroin earlier in the day, later giving some to his friend. The friend then snorted the heroin and began showing signs of an overdose within minutes.
Shoplick, according to police, also admitted that he removed some drugs from the motel room before police arrived. During his arrest, he was found with a powdery substance that tested positive for fentanyl, police said.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.