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Rochester OD victim's mom: Woman convicted of distributing the drugs deserves more jail time

By KIMBERLEY HAAS
Union Leader Correspondent

August 16. 2017 11:45AM
Brandon Laurion on Halloween in 2010. Laurion's mother said Wednesday that his two children adored him. (Facebook Photo)

DOVER — The mother of a Rochester man who died of a drug overdose last October says the woman who got fentanyl for his girlfriend should have to spend more time in prison.

Amber Nicholson, 34, of Rochester, pleaded guilty Tuesday to distribution of drugs, death resulting.

According to court records, Nicholson went to Lawrence, Mass., to get drugs Oct. 30 with Robert Brochu, 33, of Berwick, Maine and Sarah Quint, the girlfriend of Brandon Laurion.

Laurion, 30, died of acute fentanyl intoxication at his home on Reagan Drive in Rochester on Halloween.

Nicholson was sentenced to 12 to 24 years in prison but she could be eligible for parole after six years.

That is unacceptable to Laurion’s mother, Barbara Randall.

“My son, Brandon, lost his life. He doesn’t get a second chance,” Randall said Wednesday morning.

Randall said Laurion was a proud father of two children, Briana and Brady and was climbing the management ladder at Margarita’s Mexican Restaurant in Portsmouth.

“He was a wonderful kid. He was very smart,” Randall said of Laurion. Laurion graduated from Spaulding High School in 2004.

Randall said she didn’t know her son was mixed up with people who took heroin or fentanyl.

“It was out of the blue. He never did that before, ever. If I had known, I would have had a serious talk with him,” Randall said.

According to Laurion’s Facebook page, he started dating Quint in August 2016. On Oct. 29, Laurion announced their engagement.

Quint, 28, of Dover, allegedly hid Laurion’s cell phone to impair the investigation into his death and has been charged with falsifying physical evidence.

She also is charged with conspiracy for allegedly working with Brochu and Nicholson to get the drugs that killed Laurion.

Each charge against Quint could result in a 3½ to 7-year prison sentence if she is convicted. She is scheduled to appear in court next on Sept. 11.

According to court records, Quint told police she spent the day with Laurion Oct. 30 and after dinner he fell asleep. She said Laurion used heroin but she didn’t know if he had used it that evening.

Emergency responders were called to Laurion’s house at 7:16 a.m. Oct 31. He was declared dead at the scene.

Brochu has been indicted on a charge of distributing drugs, death resulting, in the case. Jury selection in his case is scheduled for Oct. 3. He is facing a sentence of life in prison.


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