Teen to face trial as an adult after alleged drug deal turns deadly: ‘Just have a bucket near you’

A Missouri teenager is currently in custody facing a number of serious charges including second-degree murder after a 16-year-old acquaintance of his died of an apparent drug overdose.

On the morning of September 4, the parents of 16-year-old high school sophomore Victoria Jones found their daughter unresponsive in her bed at their home in Ozark, Missouri, south of Springfield. By the time rescuers arrived, Victoria had already died. A coroner later found Victoria – nicknamed ‘Vic’ – was found with foam at her throat and a number of illegal and controlled substances – including ecstasy and fentanyl – in her system. The autopsy report points out that although she has stopped listing fentanyl poisoning as the official cause of death, the amount of fentanyl she ingested could have been fatal.

Investigators claim they found a credit card, a rolled-up $20 bill and a blue pill that had been cut on Victoria’s bedside table. She had also written a letter to an unknown friend that evening. In the letter, Victoria allegedly admitted to using drugs while writing. The letter reportedly ended abruptly with either “I’m planning” or “I’m planning.”

The investigators claimed that shortly before 11:30 p.m September 3rd, Victoria had gone outside to meet a “friend” who was later identified as 17-year-old Jacob Sayre. The teenagers were either mere acquaintances or casual friends who had met at church. Police say they uncovered a Snapchat conversation between Victoria and Sayre that night. During their conversation, Victoria expressed her frustration that she had taken the pill Sayre allegedly just gave her, but that it didn’t seem to be working. Sayre then allegedly gave her advice on how to snort the drugs.

“Just have a bucket near you and just snort half and it’s only one,” Sayre reportedly wrote to Victoria that evening. “Just do a quarter and then the other quarter if you don’t feel it.”

When questioned by police, Sayre allegedly admitted to giving Victoria a pill, but he didn’t know it was drugs. There is evidence that Sayre may have believed a dealer had recently given him a Percocet pill disguised as Tylenol, which Sayre then passed to Victoria. Percocet is a potent opioid that is often prescribed as a pain reliever.

In his brief conversation with police, Sayre allegedly stated that he had spoken to Victoria on the phone the night she died and that she had sounded “upset,” but nothing to worry him. Sayre’s parents then ended the interview because they wanted to be present for further questioning. A search of Sayre’s vehicle turned up no evidence.

Sayre was arrested Thursday and sent to the Christian County Jail. He was charged with second-degree murder, first-degree child endangerment – death of a child – no sexual contact, and supplying a controlled substance other than 35 grams or less of marijuana or synthetic cannabinoid. He is currently out on $50,000 bail, although he has been placed under house arrest and is only allowed out of his home for court appearances and medical and/or drug treatment. He is due to appear in court again on January 31. He will be tried as an adult.

In recent days, Victoria’s mother, Wendie Glass Jones, has been gaining weight social media to vent her frustration at Sayre’s release from prison.

“[M]Her daughter was dead because of what he gave her. Ecstasy with a lethal dose of fentanyl was what he gave her. He made NO ATTEMPT to help her when she called him… Didn’t alert us, didn’t call 911, didn’t do anything, He let her die! I sincerely hope and pray there is a special place in Hell for people who are so wicked!” her message read in part.

https://www.theblaze.com/news/teen-to-be-tried-as-adult-after-alleged-drug-deal-turns-deadly-just-have-a-bucket-near-you Teen to face trial as an adult after alleged drug deal turns deadly: ‘Just have a bucket near you’

Laura Coffey

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