Man Pleads Guilty in Painkiller Death

COLUMBUS, Kan. (AP) A southeast Kansas man who sold a powerful painkiller patch to another man has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge in the buyer’s death.

The Cherokee County News-Advocate reports 35-year-old David Tirrell, of Scammon, will be sentenced in February for involuntary manslaughter. He was initially charged with felony murder but pleaded to the lesser charge Wednesday under an agreement with the Kansas attorney general’s office.

Tirrell admitted selling a Fentanyl patch last July 24 to 22-year-old Jordan Krokroskia. The younger man was found dead the following day at his Baxter Springs home. An autopsy showed he died from Fentanyl intoxication.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid roughly 100 times more powerful than morphine.

Assistant Attorney General Amanda Voth declined to say how Tirrell obtained the patch, citing an ongoing investigation.