An Akron man was sentenced to eight years in prison in connection with the drug-related death of a pregnant Cuyahoga Falls woman.

Rashon A.Williams, 22, of Akron, pleaded guilty Tuesday, Feb. 7, in Summit County Common Pleas Court to two counts of involuntary manslaughter, first-degree felonies, and one count of trafficking in heroin, a fifth-degree felony.

These charges stem from an Aug. 4, 2016, incident in Cuyahoga Falls where police and EMS found a 26-year old pregnant female who had died from an apparent drug overdose. One involuntary manslaughter count is for the death of the 26-year-old female, and the other is for causing the unlawful termination of the pregnancy.

Judge Christine Croce immediately handed down the eight-year prison sentence.

Williams was arrested on Aug. 9, 2016, following the apparent fatal drug overdose and charged with corrupting another with drugs, a second-degree felony, and aggravated trafficking in drugs, a third-degree felony.

On Aug. 4, Cuyahoga Falls Police and EMS units responded to a call of an unresponsive female in the 1600 block of Union Street. Upon their arrival, they found a 26-year-old pregnant female who was deceased, according to a police department press release. The woman was discovered by her mother inside the Union Street home, according to the police report.

The female had died from an apparent drug overdose, the release stated. The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office called the death a "suspected overdose pending toxicology," according to the ME's chief investigator, Gary Guenther.

Cuyahoga Falls Narcotics Unit initiated an investigation and developed a suspect who was believed to have been the victim's narcotics dealer, according to the press release.

On Aug. 9, the Narcotics Unit sought the assistance of the Summit County Drug Unit and the Akron Police Department in locating and apprehending the suspect. The suspect was located and after a short foot pursuit, he was apprehended in the 400 block of Chittenden Street in Akron.

The suspect was taken into custody and identified as Williams.


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