Best Man Dies of Overdose After Reception

 best man dies of overdoseBest Man Dies of Overdose at His Brother’s Wedding

On September 19, 2010, the Poti family was devastated. They found out that Nicholas Poti had died of a drug overdose. Just the day before Nicholas was the best man at his older brother’s wedding. This sad incident of the best man dies of overdose is shocking, but it finally getting justice. Joseph Papagni, 28 years old, of Lynnfield, Massachusetts has received a 7 year prison term. The term is to serve 2 years and then be on probation for 5 years after the sentence is served.

It is heartbreaking to go from the happiest day of your life, and then within 24 hours, it is the worst day of your life. That is how the Poti family felt. On September 18, 2010, Nicholas was with his family, celebrating his brother’s wedding. He had the honor of being the best man. What really upset the family is that the person that sold or gave Nicholas the drugs, Joseph Papagni, was not even invited. After the wedding reception, they held a post party back at the hotel. That is where Papagni gave Nicholas and 2 of his friends, cocaine and Percocet, a painkiller. Medics arrived at 10:30 am to the unresponsive body of Nicholas Poti. He was only 24 years old. The hotel room was also full of empty bottles of alcohol. The Chief Medical Examiner ruled Nicholas Poti’s death an accident. This accident was caused by an overdose of cocaine, oxycodone and alcohol. Joseph Poti, the groom and bother of Nicholas, learned of his brother’s passing as he was about to leave for his honeymoon. Their mother, Martha, was inconsolable. “To learn my son died from a terrible combination of substances that was brought to the wedding by an uninvited guest was even more heartbreaking.” Martha continues in question, “How could this have happened? Who would be so careless as to bring such a fatal arsenal to such a beautiful event?” Doud, a victim services advocate read from Martha’s statement, during the hearing.

During the hearing, Joseph Papagni, expressed how sorry he was and that he loves his parents. Papagni initially faced charges of second-degree manslaughter. Along with that charge he also faced 2 counts of possession of narcotics with the intent to sell at the reception. Papagni was looking at a maximum of 40 years in prison. Papagni decided to plead guilty to possession of drugs with intent to sell, which gave him his sentence of serving 2 years and 5 years of probation. If he violates any part of his probation, he could end up serving all 7 years in prison.

The Poti family feels justice was served, but state that they have to learn to deal with constant heartache. Not all of the blame can be placed on Papagni. Nicholas was a consenting adult. This could have been his first time combining drugs, or he may have been abusing drugs for quite some time. Regardless, this incident has taken the happiness from the Poti family.

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