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Huron County inmate gets 3 years in pill death

Jessica Cuffman • Jul 24, 2012 at 6:22 PM

One woman has been sentenced to three years in prison for her role in distributing pills that allegedly led to the drug overdose death of a fellow jail inmate earlier this year.

A second woman, accused of smuggling the pills into the jail in the first place, is scheduled to go to trial next month, according to court records.

Earlier this month Angela Tuttle, 33, of Akron, pleaded guilty to three counts of trafficking in drugs for handing out the pills to inmates with whom she shared a cell block.

One of the women who ingested the pills, Jesika Skelton, 20, of Norwalk, died from overdosing on the drugs two days later, according to a coroner’s report.

Tuttle’s sentence will be stacked with another for possession of heroin, for a total four-year prison term.

Tuttle, Tiffany Alltop, 32, of Bellevue, and Mindy Gallagher, 22, of Fostoria, are accused of orchestrating the prescription pill distribution that hospitalized four of the inmates, including Skelton.

Gallagher is accused of bringing the pills into the jail  March 9.

She faces up to 15 years in prison if she is convicted of all the charges filed against her, including seven of aggravated drug trafficking, one of theft of drugs and another for bringing the pills into the jail.

Alltop’s case is scheduled for a final pretrial hearing Aug. 7, one day before Gallagher goes to trial.

Gallagher has one more hearing, scheduled for  July 30.

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