Derrick Sales appeared at the Summit County Common Pleas Courthouse for sentencing connected to selling opiates that led to the fatal overdose of Sheena Moore.
Sales accepted a plea deal from the county prosecutor for his charges of aggravated drug trafficking. He will save eight years in prison. The suspect was responsible for selling the drugs that Sheena overdosed on. Sales was already out of prison on parole for a prior felony when he was arrested and charged with possession of the drugs that killed Sheena.
During the sentencing hearing, the victim's mother spoke next to Sales to the courtroom. She wore an shirt that said "Akron Say No to Dope." She pleaded with the judge to reconsider a more stricter sentencing. According to her mom, Sheena was the mother of a 6-year-old child. Sheena's mom now says she will have to take over the role as mother to Sheena's child.
Sales offered a sincere apology to Sheena's family and vowed to be a better person and father to his children once he is released from prison.
A group of protesters showed up prior to the hearing and demonstrated outside of the courthouse to express their opinions on lenient and light sentences that are being handed down to heroin dealers. They then went inside for the sentencing and filled the courtroom up while displaying signs with anti-opiate messages and photos of Sheena.