Geauga man pleads not guilty to selling heroin to Chardon shooting victim's father

CHARDON, Ohio - Chad Riffett, 37, plead not guilty to charges related to the death of a Chardon shooting victim’s father during an arraignment hearing at the Geauga County Court of Common Pleas Monday afternoon.

Geauga County Prosecutor James Flaiz said Riffett sold a fatal dose of heroin to Russell King Sr., 48.

King was found dead at his home on 205 Turner Drive in the village of Aquillah on Feb. 27,  exactly two years after his son, Russell King Jr., was shot and killed during a shooting at Chardon High School.

This is the first time an accused heroin dealer has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in Geauga County.

Flaiz said heroin is a “huge problem” in Geauga County. He said drug-related charges make up 40% of the county’s pending felony cases.

He hopes Riffett’s case will send a message to heroin dealers that they will face serious consequences for their actions.

Riffett is charged with Involuntary Manslaughter, Corrupting Another with Drugs, and Trafficking in Heroin.

If convicted of all charges, he could face up to 20 years in prison.

Riffett is currently serving a 60 day sentence at the Geauga County Safety Center related to an OVI conviction.

During the court hearing, Judge Forrest W. Burt set bond for Riffett at $75,000.  

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