Ohio man charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with fatal fentanyl overdose

Posted at 1:33 PM, Jul 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-27 13:34:52-04

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Officials arrested an Ohio man Wednesday in connection with a man who fatally overdosed on fentanyl. 

A Mahoning County grand jury on Thursday indicted Kyle Christy, 36, of Austintown Township, on charges of involuntary manslaughter, corrupting another with drugs and trafficking cocaine.

Christy is accused of having involvement in the death of 55-year-old Randie Steehler, of Youngstown, who overdosed on fentanyl while at a bar on April 15. Fentanyl is 50 to 100 times more potent than heroin. 

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said in a news release the task force is working “aggressively” to hold dealers accountable.

"Every overdose is a tragedy, and the people who put deadly drugs in the hands of those suffering from addiction should be held responsible for doing so," DeWine said.

Mahoning County Heroin Overdose Task Force, which is part of the Ohio Attorney General's Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission, investigated this case. The office of Mahoning County Prosecutor Paul Gains will prosecute the case.

Christy is being held at the Mahoning County Jail.