Manslaughter

Evan Jerome Sonich

A Shippensburg man has been charged with drug delivery resulting in death, involuntary manslaughter, possession with intent to deliver and criminal use of a communication facility in connection to the March 12 death of 21-year-old Megan Cook.

Evan Jerome Sonich, 22, was arrested June 20, after Pennsylvania State Police said they reportedly collected evidence linking him to Cook’s overdose.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed in Magisterial District Judge H. Anthony Adams’ office, police were called to Deerfield Commons in Southampton (Cumberland) Township at 5 p.m. March 12, for a report of a deceased female. Police found multiple wax baggies in her bedroom during the investigation that are commonly used to store illegal narcotics. 

Police searched Cook’s cell phone, and learned she had sent several text messages and made several calls to a contact labeled as “E.” All of the messages between Cook and “E” were about purchasing heroin. Police reported a total of 22 phone calls were made between Cook and “E” between 8:43 p.m. March 11, and 1:53 a.m. March 12. Police said they confirmed the phone number belonged to Sonich.

A witness told police on March 18 that she bought the heroin from Sonich. He said they only bought the drugs from him, and would purchase one to two bags from him a day. He also told police Sonich changed his Facebook name after the incident.

The affidavit said Cook’s toxicology report showed she had fentanyl in her blood, which was determined to be the cause of her overdose death. Police said Cook called Sonich the night she passed away, and confirmed Sonich sold the controlled substance fentanyl that caused her death to Cook.

Sonich is currently in Cumberland County Prison, where bail has been denied.

A preliminary hearing in the case has been scheduled for Monday, July 1, before Adams.

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