Prison Sentence in Overdose Case

Jessica Niccole Wright was adjudicated guilty and sentenced today in two drug cases. In the first, she was sentenced to 30 years in prison for Manslaughter, Sale or Delivery of
Fentanyl, Sale or Delivery of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Sell or Deliver.

Assistant State Attorney John Dommerich Jr., Special Prosecutions Chief, and Assistant State Attorney Tyler Lovejoy, Lee County Felony Circuit Court Chief, prosecuted the cases.

Wright was indicted in the first case by the Lee County Grand Jury in October 2020. The offense took place on August 22, 2019. The defendant delivered a small amount of fentanyl to a friend who used the drugs and then died. That same day, unaware that her friend had overdosed, the defendant sold fentanyl to a Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Detective working undercover. She was arrested immediately after the sale.

She was also sentenced today to 5 years in prison for one count of Sale of Methamphetamine. Wright is one of the defendants arrested in the first operation of the Narcotics Enforcement Task Force (NETFORCE), “Operation Block Party,” in 2019 and 2020. Her sentence is concurrent to her first case.

State Attorney Amira Fox created NETFORCE in 2019 to coordinate a circuit-wide approach to identifying, investigating, and dismantling long-term organized crime, narcotics, racketeering, and money laundering criminal enterprises.

Samantha Syoen – Communications Director, State Attorney’s Office