OSWEGO, NY – On Tuesday (August 18), Gabriel A. Gonzalez, 24, of Bridgeport, Conn., appeared in Oswego County Court and was sentenced to five years in state prison, along with two years post-release supervision, based upon his conviction for Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a Class B Felony.
At a court appearance on April 6, Gonzalez admitted that he sold heroin to Steven Wilock during the weekend of the Bridge Street Run in the city of Oswego in May of 2014.
Wilock later died from an overdose and was found deceased in his residence hall on the State University of New York Oswego campus during the early morning hours of May 10, 2014.
In a related case, Brian T. Tumolo, 23, of Manorville, NY, was sentenced in Oswego County Court on August 18.
The court also sentenced Tumolo to five years in state prison, along with two years post-release supervision, based upon his conviction for Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a Class B Felony.
On May 13, Tumolo admitted that he sold heroin to Gabriel Gonzalez during the late afternoon hours or early morning hours of May 9-10, 2014, in the city of Oswego.
It appears that Tumolo was the source of the heroin that Gonzalez later sold to Wilock.
After sentencing, District Attorney Gregory Oakes extended his condolences to the Wilock family, stating, “As a father, my heart breaks for Steven’s parents. This tragedy is a clear reminder that drugs are not a victimless crime. Sadly, our country is plagued by a heroin epidemic that is as much of a public health crisis as it is a public safety issue. We need to recognize the dual nature of the problem and help addicts get treatment while imposing appropriate sentences on those who deal for profit.”
Chief Assistant District Attorney Mark Moody, who prosecuted the case, said, “Although the court’s sentence does not bring Steven back, it’s my hope that it sends a strong message about the consequences and dangers of drugs, particularly heroin.”
The District Attorney’s Office commends the Oswego City Police Department and the State University police officers who worked together to solve this case.