One of two men charged in the 2017 overdose death of a Saxton woman and her unborn child pleaded guilty to charges on Monday, two days before the case was scheduled to go to trial this week.

Shykwon T. Knight, 22, of Bedford, pleaded guilty to a first-degree felony charge of conspiracy to commit drug delivery resulting in death and an ungraded felony count of conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance, according to District Attorney Lesley Childers-Potts.

Knight also pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor conspiracy charge of recklessly endangering another person.

The charges stem from the death of 21-year-old Janea M. Burns and her unborn son on Oct. 22, 2017.

State police said Charles A. Roberson, 20, of Bedford, allegedly sold Burns heroin laced with fentanyl in the parking lot at Knights Bar in Bedford Township early that morning. Burns, who was 17 weeks pregnant, died of an overdose at her home in Saxton later that day.

Knight was charged after police determined he provided Roberson with the heroin that was sold to Burns, and collected cash from the alleged sale, according to court records.

In addition to the charges in the guilty plea, Knight was originally charged with conspiracy to commit second degree murder of an unborn child.

Childers-Potts said Knight’s plea calls for a sentence of four to eight years in state prison and five years probation. Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 2.

The case against Roberson is still active and awaiting trial.

Roberson is facing charges of second degree murder of an unborn child and drug delivery resulting in death, as well as related misdemeanors.

Contact Will DeShong at; 623-1151, ext. 150.

Recommended for you


Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.