Heroin Dealer Sentenced in Death of Lacey Man

More than 7 years in jail for Lacey heroin pusher

Kenneth Staunton (Photo: Ocean County Prosecutor's Office)
Kenneth Staunton (Photo: Ocean County Prosecutor's Office)
An admitted heroin dealer will spend seven and a half years in jail in connection with the death of a Lacey resident.

Kenneth Staunton, 33, of Lacey, was sentenced in an Ocean County court room on Friday for his role in the Jan. 16, 2013 overdose death of fellow Lacey resident Raymond Farino.

Staunton pleaded guilty in November to a manslaughter charge in November.

Police had been investigating Staunton since Jan. 6, 2013, ten days before Farino's death, authorities said.

"At that time detectives were actively building intelligence on Staunton’s area of operation, clients, and his stamped product," said Al Della Fave, spokesman for the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office. "This would all prove significant in linking Staunton to Raymond Farino’s overdose death."

Around 2 p.m. Jan. 16, Lacey police were called to 23-year-old Farino's home in the township's Forked River section, where he found on the floor of his dining room after overdosing on heroin. Farino was not breathing at the time and had no pulse, Della Fave said, and despite efforts by paramedics to revive him using CPR, he was eventually declared dead at Community Medical Center in Toms River.

During the course of the investigation, said Della Fave, detectives located several wax paper folds containing white powder and stamped “IL CAPO” in green letters on Farino’s person. The “IL CAPO” stamped product and additional investigative evidence provided a direct link to Staunton as the dealer who supplied Farino.

Since taking office last year, Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato has been utilizing a state statute that allows prosecutors to hold drug dealers responsible for their deaths of their customers.

According to Della Fave, 112 overdose deaths were investigated in 2013, compared with 53 in 2012.
LSR476 January 12, 2014 at 02:13 AM
But probably not for the same reasons
AB January 12, 2014 at 09:22 AM
krissy, I am not a addict but know about addictions. if you follow AA or NA part of the 12 steps is being accountable for your actions! I am not putting down Kenny or judging him where I am in no position too judge. I hope he gets better and will learn from this. Tell him to read the book of ROMANS. That will get him on the right track good luck.
krissy January 12, 2014 at 01:11 PM
Thank u AB.. i will look into getting that book and sending it to him...
AB January 12, 2014 at 02:44 PM
NP the book of Romans can be found in the BIBLE The new testament. take care and good luck
Concerned January 12, 2014 at 04:53 PM
Chris is right! Kenny isn't a bad guy n his intentions weren't to kill anybody. Yes this is a very unfortunate situations for both families. Drugs rip families n lives apart! As far as the police arresting ppl, what kind of favour are they doing when most of the time the person arrested gets released on a summons. I'm sorry but that is enabling the drug addicts/dealers to continue on that dark destructive path.
Concerned January 12, 2014 at 05:00 PM
@Krissy, it's obvious that you know the true Kenny, the person he once was n hopefully can be again in the future. Don't let the words of others bother you. I lost someone extremely close to me due to drugs. Of course my immediate reaction was to point fingers n blame everyone else but in the end I can only blame the one that chose to do more drugs than their body can handle. Krissy, keep u head up n stay strong for your kids n yourself
DevilsFan609 January 12, 2014 at 08:54 PM
Being arrested and released on a summons is enabling drug addicts? What do you suggest? Let drugs be legal and let nature take its course? Im cool with it. Less trash for my paychecks to help.
LSR476 January 13, 2014 at 07:11 AM
@renee: "Kenny wasn't a bad guy n his intentions weren't to kill anyone. " What utterly ridiculous nonsense! Following that logic I guess it's ok to commit whatever crime you want that results in the death of another person provided you didn't actually "intend" on killing them. I am sure he didn't think "well this is going to kill him." I am sure the thought was "good, some more $ so that I can support my own habit." So you are of the opinion that his intentions were good??? That he is a "good guy" in spite of this one particularly bad choice? Being a good person is something that happens daily, not just when it suits you or when you can justify being a bad person. It's character. The way you behave and the choices you make when nobody is looking. It's not conditional. It's a 24 hour a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year thing!
LSR476 January 13, 2014 at 07:17 AM
Also the true Kenny was a drug addict who in supporting his own habit happened to sell a bag of dope that wound up ending the life of another addict. That's it. Period. End of sentence. There is very little else the world needs to know.
krissy January 13, 2014 at 07:54 AM
well at least YOU have it all figured out...maybe u should run for president... your so smart!
krissy January 13, 2014 at 07:59 AM
LOL. CLUELESS! it is what it is kenny has accepted what he has done and time will reveal.... but dont say hes a bad guy... hes not and if anyone knows that its me.... take ur judgement to another blog
DevilsFan609 January 13, 2014 at 08:20 AM
Well yeah, a drug dealer responsible for someone's death isnt a bad guy. Thats obvious.
krissy January 13, 2014 at 08:32 AM
WE KILL OURSELVES!!!!!! farino did too much he OVERDOSED....HELLLLLOOOO! kenny didnt sell him rat poisons! im so done with this!
LSR476 January 13, 2014 at 08:51 AM
Lol yeah you are right. My mistake. He was a real humanitarian. Always put everyone else's needs before his own. I dont know what I was thinking.
krissy January 13, 2014 at 08:57 AM
nobody said he was a humanitarian! ya know all u people with these strong opinions that u really have no clue what ur speaking on, of course as the humanitarians that you are, where is ur forgivness,wheres your compassion,wheres ur understanding????got a whole lot of things to say, but i wonder whats hidden in ur closets????what do u do to help!!! its people with ur judgments is why this epidemic is happening!!! ur closed minded, one sided, not listening to the big elephant thats really in the room judgements make me SICK!
LSR476 January 13, 2014 at 10:55 AM
Considering you have absolutely zero awareness of what my history is with regards to knowledge of/ history with/ education in addiction, addicts, and all that comes with those things I'd say it was you who is passing judgement and making assumptions. My closet is pretty clean though thank you for asking. I will remind you yet again that if not for HIS actions all of this would be moot. The real problem with society is that there seems to be an entire generation of people (sadly, my generation, as I am the same age as Kenny) who seem to think the world owes them something for merely existing. Krissy..Nobody owes you a damn thing. Nobody owes you rehab, sympathy, respect, complacency, silence ect. You want those things in life..work for it and earn it. Nobody deserves a gold star for doing the right thing...they should do the right thing automatically because that's the right thing to do. Why should people who are productive, civic minded, and over all make good choices in life be expected to tolerate people who CHOOSE not to be!!! Moreover why should we be expected to sympathize with them, pay for them, house them, treat them, and be understanding as to how their choices aren't their fault. WHY ARE THE PEOPLE OF THIS WORLD WHO DO THE RIGHT THINGS MONSTERS FOR BEING RESENTFUL OF THE PEOPLE WHO CHOOSE TO CAUSE WIDESPREAD DAMAGE TO THEMSELVES AND THE COMMUNITY THAT WE ARE FORCED TO SHARE!!!! My points are logical not emotional. As I have said yours is the position of the addict. Mine is the position of a non addict who...just so you know spends every day dealing with people who have a wide range of illnesses (both mental and physical) diseases, physical, mental, emotional handicaps, ect. I assure you I do my part. I do not feel sorry for you and your choices. I do not feel sorry for Kenny or Farino...I feel sorry for your kids (the statistics on children who have parents who use/are in jail are Horrific) and I feel sorry for Farino's mother who has tears in her eyes every single time I speak to her. As for running for president lol im too smart for that.
krissy January 13, 2014 at 11:36 AM
yea ur fabulous!
LSR476 January 13, 2014 at 11:43 AM
I know. Thanks.
Amy January 13, 2014 at 11:56 AM
I say seven years is not nearly enough, but if it keeps him away from my kids, my family, it's a start. Sorry to hear there are young children involved and I hope that gets resolved soon.
krissy January 13, 2014 at 12:01 PM
and keep my kids out of ur friggin mouth! MY children are not a statistic!
Amy January 13, 2014 at 12:08 PM
oh sweetheart, you need to grow up..you must be all of what 20 talking like you do? I never mentioned your name, I don't know squat about your CHILDREN..if you were involved with this person and children were a result of that..instead of attacking other, law abiding people, you should be looking into resources to get them away from that. Sometimes you need to read between the lines..it's not always about someone being mean to you. As I said and will say again, seven years is not enough, but if that is what keeps one away from my kids, hey I'll take it..Krissy, very good luck to you
The Peoples Champ January 13, 2014 at 12:13 PM
krissy, Are you kidding me? The ONLY THING that this BUM feels sorry about is that he got CAUGHT! This CREEP would have kept doing the WRONG THING OVER & OVER AGAIN just like THE LOWLIFE HE IS! The ONLY REASON ANYONE has sympathy for you is because of your 3 INNOCENT KIDS! The ONLY THING you need to concentrate on is those kids having a GREAT LIFE AND I TRULY HOPE THAT THEY DO...
krissy January 13, 2014 at 12:39 PM
im not askin for sympathy...i think u people are not taking me the right way.. im done with this..the negativity is draining
DevilsFan609 January 14, 2014 at 08:02 PM
Youre receiving negativity because youre essentially denying any responsibility for your childrens father and blaming it on the "addiction disease" and the deceased.
Robert Yates January 15, 2014 at 09:50 AM
@LSR476: you make many many very good points; most of which I agree with entirely. But you did say: "Also the true Kenny was a drug addict who in supporting his own habit happened to sell a bag of dope that wound up ending the life of another addict. That's it. Period. End of sentence. There is very little else the world needs to know." This is an over-generalization, which seems to imply a fatalistic inability to be redeemed. I hope Kenny is able to kick the habit and take responsibility for his actions. I hope that what you stated is not all we need to know about him. Kenny did sell a bag of dope, but he did not end Ray's life. Ray ended Ray's life. There must be direct causation. It does not exists here. Implying causation by degrees of separation is a really dangerous legal precedent. Again, I believe dealing and using drugs (of all sorts, not just the one's our rulers deem to be bad) are really terrible life choices, but they should not be illegal and Kenny did not commit manslaughter.
The Peoples Champ January 15, 2014 at 01:41 PM
Robert Yates, Kenny is the one who PLEAD GUILTY to manslaughter. Why would ANYONE plead guilty if they were innocent? He did not put a gun to this guy's head and shoot. However, who knows what he really sold this guy? Maybe it was a mixture of all sorts of POISONOUS CRAP!
Robert Yates January 15, 2014 at 02:26 PM
@The Peoples Champ: that is a good point. If the drug was tainted, then he should be held responsible in the same way that a car manufacturer should be held responsible if they sell a car with bad breaks. I guess I am assuming that this was not the case, but it is a good point. This situation is a bit different insofar as ingesting drugs is already a pretty hazardous endeavor, but I see your point. I honestly can not tell you why he plead guilty. Maybe he felt guilty and figured he deserved jail. Maybe he saw it as an opportunity to get clean. Maybe he did not have enough money to get a good lawyer. Maybe he was coerced by the police and prosecutors. There are a ton of possible reasons which I am sure I do not know. In any event, my argument is more legal than it is moral.
Concerned January 21, 2014 at 10:40 AM
LSR476 is obviously uneducated when it comes to addiction and the vicious cycle that consumes ppls lives. Krissy that person isn't worth wasting your time arguing with. Let's just hope this doesn't happen to a member in their family cus then LSR476 with regret their words...
Concerned January 21, 2014 at 10:43 AM
And are ppl blind to the fact that Kenny wasn't and isn't the only drug dealer/addict in town. There are many more so what do you suggest...keeping your kids n family sheltered from all of society??????
LSR476 January 25, 2014 at 01:02 AM
Renee you are an idiot. Good luck with that lol


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