Escambia Man Sentenced For Heroin Death

May 22, 2018

An Escambia County man has been sentenced to life in prison for the death of a man that died from heroin use.

A jury convicted James Jonathan Mitchell, 54, of homicide by delivery of heroin.

Circuit Judge John Simon immediately sentenced Mitchell to a mandatory term of life in state prison. The sentence will be served consecutive to a separate 25 year sentence Mitchell is serving for trafficking in heroin from 2015. There is no parole in Florida so Mitchell will be required to serve the rest of his life in state prison.

Over the two-day trial, prosecutors presented witness testimony that on January 30, 2014, Mitchell sold black tar heroin to the victim Donald Davis, and a group of others. Davis’ wife found him deceased at their home later that evening. Two medical doctors presented testimony that heroin caused Davis’ death.


4 Responses to “Escambia Man Sentenced For Heroin Death”

  1. Adam on May 26th, 2018 1:32 am

    Why does the nrug dealer get all that time but a childmolister hardley any time people ask an won’t the drugs but a child don’t deserve to be molested that don’t ask for that

  2. David Huie Green on May 22nd, 2018 2:05 pm

    “Why is he smiling”

    Not even I can frown all the time.

    David for context

  3. Calvinqualls on May 22nd, 2018 1:26 pm

    Why is he smiling as through he is being given a metal of honor do he acknowledge that he will have to spend the rest of his life in prison

  4. Good grief on May 22nd, 2018 5:21 am

    Good! Although I wouldn’t call Donald Davis a “victim”. He willingly purchased the heroin and I’m sure no one forced him to take it. Death was the consequence.

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