October 24, 2014

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Woman gets two years in man’s drug death

MEDINA — A West Salem woman who pleaded guilty Tuesday in the 2008 death of a Medina Township man was sentenced to two years in prison.

Amanda Teter, 23, pleaded guilty to reckless homicide, a third-degree felony; tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony; and possession of heroin, a fifth-degree felony.

Wadsworth police reported they found Dennis O’Connor, 46, dead in a hotel room at Legacy Inn, 810 High St., Wadsworth, on the morning of Jan. 7, 2008.

O’Connor “experienced difficulty after heroin was introduced to his body,” Medina County Prosecutor Dean Holman said Wednesday. “The theory of the case is (Teter) knew he was having difficulty and left without calling for help and cleaned up the room so that there was no evidence of the drugs.”

Holman said his office recommended the two-year sentence to Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier.

“Our goal all along was to get a plea to the death,” Holman said. “I’m very pleased with the outcome of the case. It was a tragic death which could have been avoided. It shows the dangers of the use of heroin.”

Contact Maria Kacik at (330) 721-4049 or mkacik@ohio.net.