Student Sentenced to Ten Years for Friend’s Overdose

Posted on Jan 10, 2011 in Drugs

Two years ago Pierce Sharai, Gary Toca, and a third friend rented a hotel room in the French Quarter to celebrate Mardi Gras. The three young men pooled their money to buy heroin, and Toca went into the lobby of the hotel to pick up the drugs. Later that night he would call for help because Sharai was passed out on the bed and his lips were turning purple.

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Pierce Sharai, a Ben Franklin High School graduate and LSU Biochemistry major, had died from an overdose of Heroin, one in a rash of overdoses at that time.

Gary Toca, who was a student at LSU, cooperated with agents in attempts to take down a ring of heroin dealers until concerns for his own safety forced him to stop. Recently U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle sentenced the young man to ten years in prison. The fact that two more lives have been added to the countless ruined by drugs is undeniable, but whether justice has been served is still unclear.

It is true that Toca gave the drugs to Sharai, but that was only after the two pooled their money together to make the purchase. Both men made a terrible choice that night. One lost his life, and now the other has lost ten years. It is the legal system’s purpose to deliver a just verdict, and a legal defense is a key part in the process. If you or anyone you know has been arrested under drug related charges, call Bloom Legal at 599-9997, so that we can fight for you.

  • An absolute disgrace!

    The vultures who pursued Gary’s imprisonment deserve a special place in hell.

    It’s trash like them that muddy the concept of justice. I hope they all sleep well tonight knowing they ruined another person’s life.

  • Well, it indeed as though U have everything all figured out. Good for u.

  • John Sharai, Sr.

    Your report is incorrect, as most reports are concerning Gary Toca and what went on that night. There was an entire room full of people, all of which were intoxicated or under the influence of some type of narcotics. Now don’t believe me. Get the police report. Mr. Wright, I sleep just fine at night. The only nightmare that I have is the rest of the people who were in the room that failed to call 911 in enough time to save Pierce. No, they were too scared that they would be arrested for the drugs that they possessed and were taking. And trace the prosecution line of the other two bottom feeders that were put in prison over this tragedy. Toca brokered the sale. He deserved his punishment.

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