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Inmate Sentenced after Female Inmate Died from Fentanyl Overdose; Many others also Overdosed but were Saved in Ohio

Inmate Sentenced after Female Inmate Died from Fentanyl Overdose; Many others also Overdosed but were Saved in Ohio

Franklin County, OH: A female inmate at the Franklin County jail admitted to her part in the drug overdose death of another female inmate in 2021, and she will serve a minimum of four years in prison for her crime.

The Franklin County Prosecutor’s office reported that Jamila Tashai Perry, 31, smuggled cocaine to Fredreca Ford, 29, of Columbus’ Near East Side, at the Franklin County jail on Jackson Pike.

Upon her discovery as unresponsive on June 26, 2021, prosecutors asserted that Ford had succumbed to fentanyl overdose.

Overdose with fentanyl and flurofentanyl was determined to be the cause of death for Ford by the Franklin County Coroner’s Office. According to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, several other convicts who had been housed with Ford were revived with Narcan after they overdosed. However, only Ford himself passed away.

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Among the many accusations against Jamila Perry are involuntary manslaughter, drug corruption, fentanyl-related compound possession and trafficking, cocaine possession and trafficking, and the illegal conveyance of drugs of abuse onto the grounds of a specific government facility.

Perry, a 31-year-old woman experiencing homelessness in Columbus, pled guilty to involuntary manslaughter last week. In return, the county prosecutors dismissed other allegations and, in conjunction with her lawyer, proposed a four-to six-year prison term.

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Perry could have received a sentence of eleven to sixteen and a half years in jail from Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Kim Brown, but she instead handed down a minimum term of four years.

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