LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – A judge has sentenced a former North Las Vegas firefighter convicted of supplying the drugs that led to his wife’s overdose death to 16 to 40 months in prison in a hearing from court on Friday.
Christopher Candito, 34, was originally charged with second degree murder in this case. He reached a plea deal in October for a lesser charge of manslaughter.
In making her decision, Judge Cristina Silva said she weighed Candito’s duty as a firefighter and her future in drug recovery.
âI wish I was a better husband,â Candito told Silva before condemning him. “I would have loved her more and I would have appreciated her more.”
In July of this year, Henderson police arrested Candito in the February 2020 death of his wife, Tiffany Slatsky, 25.
Investigators said Slatsky, the mother of a 3-year-old boy at the time, was found unconscious in the couple’s Henderson apartment on Sunday February 23, 2020, following a party at a hotel in the downtown Las Vegas with several other firefighters.
“I didn’t give Tiffany any morphine, but she was there because of me,” Candito told court on Friday.
Police said Candito made a 23-mile trip from the Henderson apartment to a North Las Vegas fire station with his wife showing symptoms of an overdose. He took the opioid overdose antidote Narcan at the train station and administered it to her, they said.
Candito has also been charged with drug trafficking with other firefighters.
“We owe it to the community to send a message to the accused and others like the accused that when we put that trust in you as firefighters and paramedics, when you betray that trust, you will go to jail.” , said the deputy district. said attorney Eckley Keach.
As the I-Team first reported in August, Drug Enforcement Administration agents are reporting text messages between Candito and several North Las Vegas firefighters, including a captain, as part of an assertion that they traded drugs at a party last year before Slatsky’s death.
Slatsky’s parents said their daughter married Candito in August 2019, about six months before her death. His parents are in the process of adopting their grandson.
“I always pick up my phone to call her,” said Tami Slatsky, Tiffany’s mother. “I still think she will come walking through the front door.”
Due to his sentence, Candito will be eligible for parole next fall.