Man accused of selling fentanyl that led to overdose

Man accused of selling fentanyl that led to overdose
(Source: Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner)

LAKEWOOD, OH (WOIO) - A Cleveland man faces charges of involuntary manslaughter for allegedly selling fentanyl to a man who died of an apparent drug overdose.

According to court documents, John W. Whitmore is accused of selling a drug that appeared to be heroin to Christopher Parks on April 19 in Lakewood. The documents go on to say that the drug was actually fentanyl, and that Parks appeared to die from a drug overdose.

Whitmore faces four counts of involuntary manslaughter, drug possession, drug trafficking and tampering with evidence.

Whitmore pleaded guilty to felony robbery charges in 2009. He's scheduled to be in court on Thursday. Involuntary manslaughter is a first-degree felony, punishable by up to 11 years in prison.

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