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Case Number: 1:20-cr-00559-DCN
Judge: Donald C. Nugent
Court: United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio (Cuyahoga County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office
Description: Cleveland, Ohio criminal defense lawyer represented defendant charged with distributing fentanyl that led to the death of a Cuyahoga Falls individual.
In April 2019, detectives with the Cuyahoga Falls Police Department began an investigation into the overdose death of an individual found unresponsive in a Cuyahoga Falls residence. During the investigation, authorities recovered from the residence a substance that contained fentanyl.
The Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office performed a full autopsy of the victim and determined that the cause of death was acute fentanyl toxicity. Court records state that investigators later determined that Defendant Devonte L. Fellows knowingly and intentionally distributed the fentanyl to the victim, who later ingested it, overdosed and died.
A federal jury convicted Denonte L. Fellows, age 26, of Cleveland, in March 2022 of one count of distribution of fentanyl, which contained a sentencing enhancement due to the death of an individual resulting from the distribution of the controlled substance.
This investigation was conducted by the Cuyahoga Falls Police Department and the FBI. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Peter E. Daly and Christopher J. Joyce.
Outcome: Defendant was sentenced to 327 months custody; 3 years supervised release; $100.00 special assessment.