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Drug 'Queen' sentenced to 12 years in prison for selling narcotics to man who fatally overdosed

Posted at 1:58 PM, May 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-30 13:58:20-04

CLEVELAND — A woman who sold narcotics to a man that overdosed and died has been sentenced to more than 10 years in prison.

Latierra “Queen” Williams, 34, was sentenced this week to 12 years in prison for selling drugs to Jessie Keener, 32, according to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office.

Authorities said that in June 2017, Keener and another woman rented a motel room in North Olmsted. Two days later, North Olmsted police responded to the room after being tipped off about a deceased man inside.

When officers arrived, they found Keener’s body and the woman. Police said they also located signs of drug paraphernalia that later tested positive for heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil and cocaine.

According to prosecutor’s office, police connected Williams to Keener’s overdose through cell phone records obtained from the woman who was in the motel with Keener.

In February 2018, Lakewood police started an unrelated drug trafficking investigation into a woman only known by her street name "Queen." During their investigation, authorities identified Williams' phone number, which was then linked back to the North Olmsted investigation.

In April 2018, authorities said that they raided Williams’ house in Cleveland. Inside, authorities seized crack cocaine, fentanyl, oxycodone and drug paraphernalia, as well as a firearm. Williams was arrested but posted bond later that day. She had a court date scheduled for June 2018 but never showed up.

In August 2018, authorities said that Williams broke into the Cleveland home of a man who owed her money. The man’s wife and children were home at the time. Williams left the residence after she received several hundred dollars from the man.

Williams was arrested several weeks later by Cleveland police, the prosecutor's office stated.

In February 2019, Williams pleaded guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter, having weapons under disability and possessing criminal tools, authorities said.

“As the opioid epidemic continues, we remain committed to stopping these drug dealers who are poisoning our community,” said Prosecutor Michael O’Malley. “I commend the diligent work done on this case by the Sheriff’s Office, Lakewood Police and Cleveland Police Departments.”