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AKRON -- An Akron man was given a 12-year prison sentence in connection with two different cases, one of which was the drug-related death of a Cuyahoga Falls man in 2015, according to a spokesman for the county prosecutor's office.
Robert L. Rodgers, 25, received the sentence on June 26 from Judge Jill Flagg Lanzinger in Summit County Common Pleas Court.
Rodgers on June 21 pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, a first-degree felony, and aggravated trafficking in drugs, a fifth-degree felony, in connection with the 2015 death of Kevin Snyder of Cuyahoga Falls, according to a press release from Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh.
"These are horribly tragic events," said Charles Quinn, Rodgers' attorney, "and I do wonder how we get our kids from point A to point Z and there is no intervention before there is a tragedy."
Mr. Snyder was found dead in his Falls home in August 2015, according to Walsh. Investigators determined he died after taking fentanyl and traced the drug back to Rodgers, she said.
Rodgers also pleaded guilty on June 21 to felonious assault with a firearms specification, a second-degree felony, and having a weapon under disability, a third-degree felony, in connection to a separate incident in Akron in December 2016. The length of his prison sentence is a total for all of the charges, Walsh's spokesman said.