June 26, 2016

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Man sentenced for role in heroin death

A North Ridgeville man was sentenced Thursday to nine months in prison after pleading guilty to reckless homicide and other charges in connection with the October heroin overdose death of a Grafton man.

Kei Niedra, 23, also entered guilty pleas to drug trafficking and possession of criminal tools during his appearance in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.

Niedra was accused of driving Michael Karkoska of North Ridgeville to a Circle K gas station at West 140th Street and Triskett Road in Cleveland to sell heroin. The sale of the drug to Lanny David Gullion III took place in Niedra’s vehicle, according to a news release from Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty’s office.

Karkoska, 23, is still awaiting trial on an involuntary manslaughter and drug charges in the case, according to court records.

Gullion was found dead the morning of Oct. 10, 2013, about one block from the gas station where he bought the heroin, the news release said.

Also pleading out in the case Thursday were Mark Farrar, 22, of Cleveland, and Michele Pfaff, 20, also of Cleveland.

Farrar, who received nine months in prison after pleading guilty to reckless homicide and drug trafficking charges, put Gullion in touch with Karkoska, according to prosecutors.

Pfaff, who was sentenced to a year behind bars after pleading guilty to reckless homicide, drug trafficking and possession of criminal tools, had helped Karkoska “with the logistics of his drug-dealing enterprise,” the news release said.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com.

About Brad Dicken

Brad Dicken is the senior writer for the Chronicle-Telegram. He covers courts and county government, and has been with the Chronicle since 2001. He can be reached at 329-7147 or BDicken@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter.