December 22, 2014

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Man accused of selling deadly fentanyl sentenced to 2 years in prison

Awtwan Taylor

Awtwan Taylor

ELYRIA — One of the men police have said is responsible for selling the deadly painkiller fentanyl that caused a rash of overdoses, including some deaths, late last year was sentenced Monday to two years in prison.

But Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Mark Betleski said as long as 21-year-old Antwan Taylor doesn’t get into trouble in prison, he likely will grant him early release after six months. Taylor is due to report to Lorain County Jail later this month to begin serving his sentence.

County Prosecutor Dennis Will said his office would have liked to have seen a longer sentence, but is happy that Taylor will spend time in prison for his crimes.

Taylor pleaded guilty in February in four separate felony cases, three for drugs and one in which he was charged with felonious assault.

One of the drug cases stemmed from a November traffic stop in which Taylor was found with drugs. The arrest came at the height of the overdoses as police across the county sought to stem the flow of fentanyl on the streets.

Betleski said after the hearing that he agreed to the two-year sentence with judicial release based on Taylor’s lack of a felony record and the charges he pleaded guilty to.