Two people charged in the August 2016 drug-related death of an Urbana resident were sent to prison on Monday.
Jeffery Robison and Amber R. Voris were sentenced to prison during separate hearings. They pleaded guilty to multiple charges in March, stemming from the death of Michael H. McConnell.
Robison, 30, pleaded guilty to reckless homicide, a third degree felony, aggravated trafficking in drugs, a third degree felony, aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth degree felony, and endangering children, a first degree misdemeanor. On Monday Robison was sentenced to 60 months in prison and fined $6,750.
Voris, 25, pleaded guilty to reckless homicide, a third degree felony, trafficking in heroin, a fourth degree felony, and aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth degree felony. Voris was sentenced to three years in prison and fined $1,250.
McConnell, 51, died on Aug. 20, 2016, from an overdose of fentanyl, according to a coroner’s report filed in the Champaign County Common Pleas Court.
A sentencing memorandum filed by Champaign County Prosecutor Kevin Talebi states following McConnell’s death, Urbana police officers made contact with Robison, who initially claimed he did not know McConnell before indicating McConnell contacted him looking for heroin.
The sentencing memorandum details the events of Aug. 19, 2016. Robison and Voris drove to Springfield for the purpose of purchasing heroin. A portion of the purchased drugs were eventually delivered to McConnell.
It was later determined the drugs obtained by Robison and Voris in Springfield was actually fentanyl.
Upon their release, Robison and Voris are subject to post-release control for a period of up to three years.
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