Akron man pleads guilty to manslaughter for woman’s fentanyl overdose

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AKRON, Ohio- A 22-year-old admitted to selling fentanyl to a woman who died of an overdose.

Richard Sandy (Photo courtesy: Summit County Prosecutor's Office)

Richard Sandy (Photo courtesy: Summit County Prosecutor’s Office)

Richard Sandy, of Akron, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and aggravated trafficking in drugs.

The Summit County Prosecutor’s Office said Sandy admitted he sold fentanyl to a woman who thought she was buying heroin. Fentanyl is a synthetic narcotic more powerful than morphine.

Her grandfather found her dead from an overdose in the home they shared.

“Heroin addiction has become a major cause of concern for our community,” Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh said. “My office will aggressively prosecute drug dealers. We cannot sit by and watch as this extremely addictive drug kills people.”

Sandy’s codefendant, James Buell, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and trafficking last month. Both will be sentenced on June 17.