For Immediate Release - July 27, 2016

Timothy R. Evans Guilty Plea

    Cape & Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe announced today that Timothy R. Evans (DOB 10/19/1989), of Brewster, pled guilty yesterday in Barnstable Superior Court to the following charges related to the heroin overdose death of John P. Shannon (DOB 5/23/1983) at the Barnstable County Correctional Facility on 5/23/2014:

Involuntary Manslaughter (M.G.L. c.265 §13)

Distribution of a Class A substance, Heroin (M.G.L. c.94C §32(a))

Possession with the Intent to Distribute a Class A substance, Heroin (M.G.L. c. 94C §32(a))

Delivering Drugs to a Prisoner (M.G.L. c.268 §28)

Conspiracy to Violate the Controlled Substances Act (M.G.L. c. 94C §40)

    During the change of plea the defendant admitted to bringing heroin into the Barnstable County Correctional Facility by secreting it in a bodily cavity.  The defendant admitted to trading portions of the heroin to inmates in his area of the jail in exchange for canteen items.  The defendant shared some of the heroin with John P. Shannon, his cellmate, who ingested the heroin.  When going to breakfast shortly thereafter, the defendant saw that Shannon was in trouble but did not seek help.  When Shannon did not arrive at breakfast, jail staff found him in bed unresponsive.  Attempts to revive Shannon were unsuccessful and he was later pronounced dead at Falmouth Hospital.  The Medical Examiner determined the cause of death to be acute opiate intoxication.


    On the Involuntary Manslaughter indictment, Judge Gary Nickerson sentenced the defendant to 5 years to 7 years committed at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction.  On all other indictments the defendant received a 10 years probationary sentence to run concurrent with each other and with the committed sentence. The matter was prosecuted by Second Assistant District Attorney Sharon J. Thibeault and was investigated by the State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Office of the Cape and Islands District Attorney, the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, and the Crime Scene Services Unit of the State Police.