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Date: 12-01-2023

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United States of America v. Willie Pratt

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Judge: John R. Adams

Court: United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio (Cuyahoga County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: United States District Attorney’s Office in Cleveland

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Description: Cleveland, Ohio criminal defense lawyer represented the Defendant charged with distributing cocaine and fentanyl that caused the death of a 42-year-old North Olmstead, Ohio resident.

On October 30, 2021, Willie Pratt, age 35, sold the victim cocaine and heroin, which was actually fentanyl. This transaction was witnessed by the victim’s friend. The victim consumed the narcotics which caused the victim’s death in Rocky River, Ohio. Authorities used the victim’s phone to identify and arrest Pratt through setting up a controlled purchase of the same narcotics. When Pratt was arrested, he had cocaine and fentanyl in his possession, as well a phone which the victim called to purchase narcotics from Pratt. In addition, Pratt was wearing a GPS ankle monitor, which confirmed that Pratt was at the location of the fatal distribution on October 30, 2021.

The investigation preceding the indictment was conducted by the Rocky River Police Department and DEA. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Payum Doroodian and Yasmine Makridis.

Outcome: Defendant was sentenced to 470 months in prison..

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