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Man pleads to all charges in Rocklin teen’s fentanyl death

ROSEVILLE, Calif. — A 22-year-old man on Tuesday pled to selling the fentanyl disguised as prescription painkillers that caused a Rocklin teenager to become comatose and die in his room days later.

Virgil Xavier Bordner, Jr., a Varrio Gardens Sacra affiliate who previously lived in South Oak Park, spoke quietly from behind the glass as he admitted to knowingly selling the disguised fentanyl that killed the high school senior.

“How do you plea?” Judge Pinney asked Bordner for each charge.

“No contest,” he answered, eyes glancing to the floor as he stood behind a wall of glass.

Bordner entered no contest pleas to two counts of selling a controlled substance to a minor, as well as one count of involuntary manslaughter with an allegation of great bodily injury. The pleas, which carry the same legal consequences as pleading guilty, came as part of a deal struck between Bordner’s lawyer, Jennifer Mouzis, and the District Attorney’s Office.

Before the resolution was reached, Didier’s mother said on social media after the hearing, prosecutors were considering amending their complaint to file a murder charge. That charge would be the second of its kind to be filed in Roseville following the arrest of Carson Schewe in the death of Kade Webb.

Prosecutors said Didier’s death of acute fentanyl intoxication in late December of 2020 was a “direct, natural, and probable consequence” of Bordner’s decision to sell him the fake pills.

“The defendant acted so different from the way an ordinary, careful person would’ve acted in the same situation,” Deputy District Attorney Daniel Wesp said. “The defendant’s acts amounted to disregard for human life or indifference to the consequences of his actions.”

Wesp said Didier told a friend from school that he was feeling “overwhelmed with stress” about the process of applying to colleges and turned to drugs to cope with the stress. Didier found Bordner on Snapchat and arranged to purchase three of what he thought were Percocet 30s for $45. Bordner sold those pills to him at the Galleria Mall on December 24th.

Didier told Bordner that he hadn’t taken the pills before, and Bordner advised him to start off by shaving the pill before moving up to a quarter or half a pill as he becomes more tolerant to it.

Two days later, on the 26th, Didier and his friend met up with Bordner again and purchased two more of the same pills he believed to be Percocet. Those pills were also fake.

“The defendant instructed [Didier] on how to consume the drugs, however, because these fraudulent pills were not made in a pharmaceutical laboratory, the mixture of fentanyl is not uniform throughout the pills,” Wesp explained. “This means that the fentanyl concentration in parts of the pill could be higher than in others.”

Bordner, a two-time felon out of Sacramento County, was on post release community supervision for possessing a controlled substance and a gun when he was arrested in Didier’s death, according to a corrections spokesperson. In that case, he was arrested in February of 2021 at his home on Strawberry Lane after officers found guns and drugs during a probation search of the residence.

The previous year, Sac PD officer Christina Trujillo arrested Bordner, 20 at the time, in June of 2020 at a traffic stop in Curtis Park. Trujillo found a stolen .38 Caliber revolver and booked him on charges of participation in a criminal street gang and carrying a loaded firearm by a gang member. Bordner was ordered to serve around 80 days in a Sheriff’s Work Project.

Bordner returns to court the morning of September 1st, where he could face a maximum sentence of 17 years behind bars and $500 in fines following the preparation of a report by his probation officer. Because all three of the charges he pled to are strikes, if he commits another felony after being released from prison, he will face a sentence of 25-to-life.

Note: A previous version of this story stated Mr. Bordner was charged in Didier’s death while in prison. A corrections spokesperson has since clarified that he was on post-release community supervision.

Ethan Biando
Ethan Biando is a freelance journalist from Sacramento. His writing focuses on crime, courts, and policing. Find him on Twitter @ethanb822

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