New HampshireDepartment of JusticeOffice of the Attorney General

News Release

For Immediate Release
February 13, 2019

Contact:
Kate Spiner, Director of Communications
603-573-6103 | kate.spiner@doj.nh.gov

Jesse O'Neill, Assistant Attorney General
603-931-0953 / jesse.o'neill@doj.nh.gov

Heather Cherniske, Assistant Attorney General

William Luna Sentenced to State Prison for 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 William Luna, age 45, of Lowell, Massachusetts, was sentenced today in Hillsborough County Superior Court (Southern District) on three felony drug charges including selling fentanyl that resulted in the death of Nicholas Wells, age 25, of Pelham, New Hampshire, on June 20, 2017. Mr. Luna was convicted of these offenses on December 7, 2019, following a jury trial.

For selling the fentanyl to Mr. Wells that resulted in his death, the Court sentenced Mr. Luna to serve 12-24 years in the New Hampshire State Prison, stand committed. Five years of the minimum sentence was suspended by the court, conditioned upon Mr. Luna being of good behavior and completing 200 hours of community service. Mr. Luna was also sentenced to serve a concurrent 1-2 years at the New Hampshire State Prison for possession of cocaine. The court imposed a fully suspended consecutive 10-20 years at the New Hampshire State Prison, suspended for 10 years upon his initial release on parole, for possessing fentanyl with the intent to distribute it.

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.

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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Telephone: 603-271-3658