MUSKEGON, MI – Darryl Deshaunn Pollard can expect to serve a minimum of up to 15 years in state prison for selling the heroin that caused the overdose death of Kayla Parrish last year in a Roosevelt Park home.
Pollard, 28, of Muskegon pleaded guilty as charged Monday, June 6, to delivery of a controlled substance causing death and being a fourth-time habitual offender.
Muskegon County Chief Circuit Judge William C. Marietti committed to cap Pollard’s minimum sentence at 15 years in state prison, although he could choose to impose a lower minimum. The judge can impose a maximum sentence of anything up to life in prison. He scheduled sentencing for 1:30 p.m. July 19.
Under questioning by his lawyer, Michael Oakes, Pollard admitted in court he delivered the heroin to Shalyn Raney on May 29, 2015, that led to Parrish’s death.
Raney has admitted to injecting Parrish with what proved to be a lethal dose of the heroin she got from Pollard. After prosecutors charged Raney with open murder, she pleaded guilty to manslaughter and cooperated with prosecutors against Pollard.
Under further questioning by Oakes, Pollard acknowledged that he was entering the plea after his attorney Monday morning played for him recordings of Pollard making admissions about the case during phone calls from the Muskegon County Jail to family members.
Explaining later outside court, Oakes told MLive, “Unfortunately prior to my representing him, he had a misunderstanding as to what the prosecutor would have to prove in order to convict him of the charges. And with that misunderstanding, he unfortunately made some damaging admissions during his phone conversations to family members.”
Parrish, 22, a Scottville resident, collapsed, unconscious, after Raney injected her in the arm and was transported by paramedics to a local hospital. She was removed from life support two days later, dying May 31, 2015.
Raney pleaded guilty Nov. 2 to manslaughter and being a third-time habitual offender. Her potential maximum sentence could be 30 years. Her sentencing has been repeatedly postponed because her plea deal with the prosecutor’s office includes testifying against Pollard, whose case was open until Monday.
Raney is already serving a state prison sentence of 18 months to 15 years for probation violations in Mason County, some of them related to Parrish’s death. She also pleaded guilty Jan. 25 in Muskegon County to violating her probation on a 2013 conviction of second-degree home invasion.
Raney testified for the prosecution Nov. 9 at Pollard’s preliminary hearing in Muskegon County District Court. After that probable-cause hearing, he was bound over for trial in circuit court.
Parrish and another woman collapsed with apparent overdoses in the home in the 2900 block of Eastland Road, according to police. The other woman survived.
A medical examiner testified Nov. 9 that Parrish died as the result of morphine intoxication. Chemicals produced by morphine in the body were found in Parrish’s system, the doctor testified. They could also have been from heroin, which is a more potent derivative of morphine.
Raney testified she traveled that day from Ludington with the other two women to Muskegon Heights, where she bought heroin from a man she identified as Pollard.
The three women then went to the Roosevelt Park home to use the heroin. Raney said she injected herself first, then cooked up two additional doses for the other women. Raney said she next injected the woman who survived, then Parrish.
Within a few minutes, Raney felt herself floating in and out of consciousness – something that had never happened before, she said – and the other two women fell to the ground, unconscious.