New HampshireDepartment of JusticeOffice of the Attorney General

News Release

For Immediate Release
December 7, 2018

Kate Spiner, Director of Communications

Jesse O'Neill, Assistant Attorney General
(603) 931-0953

Heather Cherniske, Assistant Attorney General

William Luna Convicted of Selling Fentanyl, Resulting in the Death of Nicholas Wells

Concord, NH – New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald and Pelham Police Chief Joseph A. Roark announce that a Hillsborough County Superior Court (Southern District) jury convicted William Luna, age 45, of Lowell, Massachusetts, of four felony drug charges today.  Mr. Luna was convicted after a jury trial that began on Monday, December 3, 2018.

Mr. Luna was convicted of selling the controlled drug, fentanyl, to Nicholas Wells, age 25, in Pelham, New Hampshire, which caused Mr. Wells' death.  Mr. Luna was also convicted on charges of the sale of fentanyl, possession of fentanyl with the intent to distribute, and possession of cocaine.

On June 20, 2017, Pelham Police responded to the fatal drug overdose of Mr. Wells at his home in Pelham.  Evidence led the officers to Mr. Luna as the person who travelled from Massachusetts to supply Mr. Wells with fentanyl a few hours before his death.  Mr. Luna was arrested later that afternoon when he travelled to the Family Dollar in Pelham with the intention of selling additional drugs to Mr. Wells, who he did not yet realize was deceased.  When arrested, Mr. Luna was in possession of a quantity of fentanyl he intended to sell, and a quantity of cocaine.

The conviction for selling a controlled drug with a death resulting is a Class A felony with a potential penalty of life imprisonment with the possibility of parole.  The other convictions are Class A felonies with various maximum possible penalties including up to 20-40 years of imprisonment and fines.

Mr. Luna will be sentenced at 10:00 a.m. on February 13, 2019.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Jesse O'Neill and Assistant Attorney General Heather Cherniske.

New Hampshire Department of Justice
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