Cincinnati man pleads guilty in fentanyl near-death case

COVINGTON, Ky. — A Cincinnati man will serve 25 years in federal prison, after admitting in federal court that he sold fentanyl to a woman in northern Kentucky who overdosed, but survived after receiving medical treatment.

On Thursday, 32-year-old Antoine Dudley pleaded guilty to distributing a controlled substance that caused serious bodily injury in a plea deal.  Dudley was on trial for conspiracy to distribute heroin and fentanyl and related distribution offenses.

According to testimony at his trial, Dudley regularly sold both heroin and fentanyl, to multiple customers throughout northern Kentucky, during a period of time between September 1, 2014 and his arrest on May 8, 2015. Evidence showed that he sold fentanyl, in Kenton County, on November 21, 2014 that caused the user to overdose and stop breathing. Paramedics of the Covington Fire Department responded to the call and were able to revive the woman with Narcan. The woman made a full recovery, but evidence showed that she would have died if not for the responding paramedics.

The plea agreement requires Dudley to serve 25 years in prison and 15 years of supervised release.  He is required to complete at least 85 percent of his prison sentence.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on December 1, 2016.



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