Three charged with reckless homicide in Appleton methadone overdose

Jennifer Verderami, Paris Verderami, Kevin Bryant
Jennifer Verderami (left), Paris Verderami (center) and Kevin Bryant (right) (Photos: Calumet and Winnebago county jails)

APPLETON, Wis. (WBAY) – Appleton Police say three people have been charged in connection to a methadone overdose that happened last October.

The suspects have been identified as Paris R. Verderami, 19; Jennifer R. Verderami, 52; and Kevin C. Bryant, 24.

Police say the suspects were arrested Jan. 12, 2017.

The investigation dates back to Oct. 16, 2016, when Appleton officers were called to the 2900 block of Schaefer Circle for the death of a 25-year-old man. Investigators say evidence of drug use was found at the scene.

An autopsy confirmed methadone “had a significant factor in the death of the victim,” according to a police statement.

Police say they found evidence that the victim had purchased methadone from someone the night before his death.

On Jan. 12, investigators said they arrested three people responsible for for providing the methadone to the victim.

Paris Verderami, Jennifer Verderami and Kevin Bryant are charged with 1st Degree Reckless Homicide/Delivering Drugs.

Appleton police say you can expect to see more arrest in drug overdose cases as they crackdown on the drug trade.

“Anytime we have an overdose we’re going to do an investigation,” said Appleton Police Department Sgt. David Lund.

The victim overdosed on methadone, a drug sometimes used to treat heroin or other narcotic addictions. But methadone itself is an opioid.

The medical director Nova Counseling Services Eric Smeltneek in Oshkosh says selling opiod drugs like methadone on the streets is dangerous because the drugs can have life threatening side affects,

“There’s a lot of interactions between methadone and other drugs that’s the reason why it needs to be closely monitored under doctor supervision,” said Smeltneek.

The Mooring Treatment Program in Appleton says its there to help whether the person is an addict or a dealer.

“Regardless of what you’ve done in the past you can start a new life for yourself, it comes from within you, you have to be the one that has to stop that,” said The Mooring Treatment Program Ken Hamberger.