Davenport woman sentenced in overdose death case

A Davenport woman was sentenced Thursday to a suspended 10-year prison sentence and placed on three years of probation in connection with the fatal heroin overdose death of a Walcott man in January.

Sharice Andrea Young, 51, pleaded guilty in March to one count of possession with intent to deliver heroin, a Class C felony.

In exchange for her plea, Scott County prosecutors dismissed charges of a drug house and conspiracy to commit a non-forcible felony.

According to an arrest affidavit filed by the Scott County Sheriff's Office in support of the criminal complaint:

On Jan. 3, the Sheriff's Office assisted Walcott police with a suspected heroin overdose death of a 37-year-old man in the 700 block of West Walcott Road.

A woman told investigators that she went with the man to Young's home in the 3100 block of Heatherton Court around 11 a.m. Jan. 2 and purchased $50 of heroin from her.

The woman said he had a conversation with Young that he would return to her house after midnight to buy more heroin. The woman further told deputies that she and the man had purchased heroin from Young hundreds of times.

Cellphone records confirmed the woman's statement that they had gone to Young's home on Jan. 2 and early on Jan. 3.

Another woman told police that the man had gone to Young's home to buy heroin after midnight on Jan. 3. The witness further said that she saw the man use heroin at the witness' home after buying heroin from Young.

On Jan. 23, deputies and Davenport police executed a search warrant at Young's residence and seized a digital scale, coffee grinder with residue, foil packaging materials, cutting agents, empty corner bags, corner bags that field tested positive for heroin, snort tubes, $210 in cash and two cellphones.

Young told police that she used heroin but did not sell it. She also said the man had come to her home on Jan. 2 and on Jan. 3 so that he could pay a non-drug-related debt to her, according to the affidavit.

Man sentenced in November shooting

A Davenport man was sentenced Thursday to up to 10 years in prison for shooting a man who he said was breaking into his truck in November.

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Byron Jacob Blackwell, 26, pleaded guilty in March to willful injury causing serious injury, a Class C felony. In exchange for his plea, prosecutors on Thursday dismissed charges of attempted murder and going armed with intent.

The shooting happened about 3:32 a.m. Nov. 1 in the 1300 block of Division Street.

Police say Blackwell was inside his home when he was made aware of a person possibly breaking into his vehicle, which was parked in the alley. He armed himself with a shotgun and confronted the person, a man, inside his vehicle, according to police.

Blackwell pointed the gun at the man, who then ran from the vehicle. He fired one round at the man as he was running away and fired a round at an unknown vehicle leaving the area, according to police.

Police say the man, identified in court documents as Dayvon Freeman, was shot in the back and required emergency surgery but survived.

Freeman, 23, was charged with third-degree burglary, an aggravated misdemeanor, in connection with the case. He has a final pretrial conference July 27.

Freeman, who was free on bond, was arrested earlier this year after police say he committed three armed robberies, including the robbery of two people whom he forced at gunpoint to withdraw money from an ATM machine using one of the victim's bank card.

He has a final pretrial conference in that case Aug. 23. Freeman remained in the jail Friday on a $452,000 cash-only bond.

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