Suspect arrested for selling drugs which resulted in death of Sunderland man

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SUNDERLAND — Police arrested a 33-year-old Manchester Center man for selling illicit drugs which resulted in a death.

Police say on July 31, they began investigating the overdose death of Travis Winchell, 26, of Sunderland.

Emergency workers had responded to Kenney Farm Road in Sunderland for a report of an unresponsive man at around 10:50 p.m. that day.

With the efforts of Arlington Rescue, Winchell was revived.

Police say he was flown by Lifenet to the Albany Medical Center.

The following day, Winchell was taken off life support and pronounced deceased.

Throughout the course of the investigation, police say they had reason to believe James Pecor was the person who sold Winchell the illicit drugs that resulted in his death.

Yesterday, a search warrant was conducted on Pecor’s motel room in Manchester and he was taken into custody without incident for selling or dispensing a regulated drug with death resulting.

He was processed at the Shaftsbury barracks and held on a $10,000 cash/surety bail and transported to the Southern Vermont Correctional Facility.

He is set for arraignment at the court today.