BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Brezeddric Antowyn Jamerson, age 53 and of Bellingham, recently pled guilty to several crimes across multiple Whatcom County Superior Court cases including a charge of controlled substance homicide. The homicide charge came after investigations linked him and 2 others to the death of a 31-year-old Ferndale man. His death was determined to have been the result of an accidental overdose of counterfeit fentanyl-laced prescription pills.
Jamerson was sentenced to 100 months in prison followed by 12 months of community custody on the homicide charge. According to court records, the plea deal recommended 84 months, but the judge went with the high end of the standard sentencing range.
Jamerson also pled guilty to 2 charges of possession of controlled substances with intent to deliver in 2 separate cases and received 60-month sentences.
Jamerson had been previously convicted of 3 possession of controlled substances with intent to deliver felony crimes in 2008 and 2014.
The other 2 awaiting trial, Sheila Rochelle Johnson, age 57 and of Ferndale, and Kim McWillis Ribble, age 57 and of Bellingham, each face 1st-degree manslaughter charges in Whatcom County Superior Court.
Johnson was out of custody after posting $100,000 bond when she was arrested again and now also faces a charge of possession of controlled substances with intent to deliver after a 2022 investigation showed her and Jamerson were suspected of continuing to deal drugs while out on bond. She was released from custody following that arrest after posting a $50,000 bond.
Ribble has prior felony convictions including 2nd-theft, possession of controlled substances with intent to deliver, escape from custody and bail jumping. She
remains in is out of custody at the Whatcom County Jail pending being able to after posting a $200,000 bond (correction posted 7/16/23).