Man pleads guilty in fatal drug dose death – Youngstown Vindicator

Oct 19, 2022
Anthony J. Carson 25, of Struthers and Lowellville, left, is shown during his plea hearing Tuesday in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court, where he pleaded guilty to charges accusing him of supplying a fatal dose of fentanyl to a friend who overdosed and died in Poland Township in April. At right is his attorney, Pete Klimas.
YOUNGSTOWN — Anthony J. Carson, 25, of Brandon Avenue in Struthers and New Castle Road in Lowellville, pleaded guilty Tuesday to supplying the fentanyl that killed a friend April 23, 2021, at his friend’s home in Poland Township.
Carson pleaded guilty before Judge Maureen Sweeney of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court to corrupting another with drugs, possession of a fentanyl-related compound and cocaine possession.
Sweeney will sentence Carson after the Community Corrections Association of Youngstown carries out a presentence investigation of Carson’s criminal history and background.
Authorities said Carson and Victor J. Pappas, 31, were friends who took turns buying drugs, and that on the day Pappas overdosed and died, Carson bought the drugs.
The two thought they were taking Oxycontin, but it was fentanyl, said Steve Maszczak, assistant county prosecutor.
Carson was indicted on several additional charges, including involuntary manslaughter, but prosecutors dismissed the first-degree felony in exchange for Carson’s plea and because of the circumstances of their drug use together, Maszczak said.
Pappas was a 2008 graduate of West Branch High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from Notre Dame College in 2012, according to his obituary.
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