'I feel like I killed the one person I could count on more than anything in this world:' Falls man charged in drug death of wife

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A Falls man is accused of providing the drugs that led to the death of his wife in the summer of 2020, according to authorities.

Earlier this month, Bucks County Detectives filed charges against Ryan Shields in the August 2020 death of Amanda Shields. On Tuesday, detectives filed charges against Francis Nungesser and Patric Hish as well.

Detectives said Ryan Shields purchased drugs from Hish, who had purchased those drugs from Nungesser. Ryan Shields and Hish believed the pills were Percocet, court documents state.

The pill was laced with fentanyl, which caused Amanda Shields' death on Aug. 11, 2020, according to police. She was 40.

The three are charged with drug delivery resulting in death, drug possession with intent to deliver and criminal use of a communications facility, which are felonies, as well as misdemeanors of involuntary manslaughter and recklessly endangering another person.

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Shields, 39, and Nungesser, 43, both of Falls, remain in Bucks County Prison on 10% of $4 million and $3 million bail each, respectively. Hish, 33, of Brookhaven, Delaware County, remains free on $50,0000 unsecured bail.

Detectives said Ryan Shields purchased the pills from Hish and gave them to his wife and a man he knew.

That man said the pills were "very strong," and believed he was going to die after taking them, charging documents state.

Ryan Shields told investigators he should not have given his wife the pill, and that something was "off," according to police. She wanted the pills because she was in pain, authorities said.

"I feel like I killed the one person I could count on more than anything in this world," Ryan Shields told investigators, according to court documents.

Detectives said that Hish had sold Ryan Shields the pills in the Yardley area the day of Amanda Shields' death.

Hish had been buying Percocet pills from Nungesser, and complained they were not as good, according to police. He said he could not get the high that he wanted from the pills, charging documents state.

After making the complaint, pills Hish received from Nungesser were stronger because, according to police, those pills had fentanyl in them.

Nungesser had sold the pills to Hish on the day Amanda Shields died, according to court documents.

Ryan Shields was arraigned on the charges Jan. 7. Nungesser and Hish were arraigned on Tuesday.

A message left for Ryan Shields' public defender was not immediately returned. Nungesser and Hish did not have attorneys listed as of Friday.

They are expected to have their preliminary hearing on March 9.

This article originally appeared on Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks County man charged in his wife's 2020 drug death