Man pleads guilty to manslaughter in 10-yr-old boy's overdose death
Rochester/Churchville, N.Y. (WHAM) - The man accused of leaving fentanyl sitting out in a Churchville apartment, which led to the death of a ten-year-old boy, pleaded guilty in his death Tuesday.
Walter Morse pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter in the death of J’Vieon Grayson-Sutton and second-degree attempted murder for trying to kill J'Vieon's biological father, Michael Coles. Morse also pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance for having cocaine.
Morse had originally been arraigned on 14 other criminal charges.
On June 12, 2017, J’Vieon was found unconscious by his 6-year-old brother at their home on Fitch Street in Churchville. The boy was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital, where he died the next afternoon.
Dolfona Grayson - the boy's mother - was originally charged with second-degree manslaughter back in December. However, in March, Judge John Demarco ordered all charges against Grayson to be dropped. She had been out of jail on electronic monitoring. She was working at her job as a CNA when her son ingested the fentanyl.
Prosecutors say Morse, the mother's boyfriend, was supposed to be home with J’Vieon and his brother, but he left them alone for at least an hour.
Several months later, Morse fired several gunshots at Coles on Borchard Street on October 1, hitting him three times. Coles was hospitalized but recovered.
On November 9, 2017, members of the Greater Rochester Narcotics Enforcement team (GRANET) executed a search warrant at the apartment on Fitch Street and found cocaine and drug paraphernalia.
Morse is scheduled to be sentenced on July 24. He is expected to be sentenced to 7 1/2 to 15 years in state prison, the maximum sentence for manslaughter.