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An Ohio Man Dealt Drugs on New Year's That Killed Four People. Now, He's Paying for the 'Devastating Impact' on Families, Prosecutors Say.

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Source: Butler County jail; MEGA

Dec. 31 2023, Published 3:05 p.m. ET

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A man admitted his role in dealing drugs that killed four people and now faces life behind bars.

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Kelsey V. Williams Jr. pleaded guilty in an Ohio federal court to distributing a controlled substance that resulted in death or serious bodily injury, according to prosecutors.

Prosecutors say that on New Year’s Eve 2018 and New Year’s Day 2019, Williams distributed a fentanyl and cocaine mixture that caused four fatal overdoses and two non-fatal overdoses.

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Fentanyl is an opioid often mixed with other drugs to enhance the effects, but a small amount can be deadly.

Williams was arrested in May in Minnesota and initially charged with several counts.

Williams was sentenced to 250 months in prison, or over 20 years, according to federal prosecutors in Ohio.

“Williams trafficked in drugs that directly resulted in overdoses,” U.S. Attorney Kenneth L. Parker said after the sentence was handed down. “His crimes could not be more serious and have had a devastating impact on families in the Dayton area.”


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