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Warren man gets 60 years in prison for selling heroin to woman who fatally overdosed

“This defendant was a one-man crime wave.”
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Posted at 12:55 PM, Aug 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-09 12:55:50-04

WARREN, Ohio — A Warren man will spend the next 60 years behind bars for selling heroin to a woman who fatally overdosed.

John G. Simer II, 40, was found guilty earlier this year for the overdose death of a woman in Warren, Ohio on March 20, 2017, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

A jury found him guilty of the following charges:

  • distribution of heroin that resulted in death
  • possession with intent to distribute heroin
  • possession with intent to distribute cocaine
  • being a felon in possession of firearms
  • using firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking
  • being a felon in possession of body armor

Simer was given 55 years, plus 5 years for having a firearm in relation to drug trafficking, authorities said.

Following the woman's death, police searched Simer’s home and found a .40 caliber handgun, ammunition and body armor. Authorities said that as a prior felon, it was illegal for Simer to have those items.

“This defendant was a one-man crime wave,” U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman said. “He sold heroin that killed a young mother and was found to have carfentanil, fentanyl, heroin, cocaine, firearms, ammunition and body armor. Our community is safer with him locked up for decades.”

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