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Man Convicted in Opioid Case that Left Boone Inmate Dead

A Cincinnati man was convicted in federal court for his role in a drug smuggling ring that led to the death of a Boone County Jail inmate.
 
Johnny L. Shelton, of Cincinnati, was found guilty in U.S. District Court in Covington after a five-day trial and less than three hours of jury deliberation on a charge of conspiracy to distribute carfentanil resulting in death.
 
 
Carfentanil is a powerful opioid and was allegedly brought to the Boone County Jail Work Camp on or around October 15, 2016. Marcum consumed some and died that day.
 
Two others involved in the conspiracy were already convicted. Chad Prodoehl was sentenced to 25 years in prison in May, while Gordon Wanser is still awaiting sentencing.
 
Shelton will appear for sentencing on October 18, 2018. He faces a term of life imprisonment due to prior felony drug trafficking convictions. However, the Court must consider the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and the applicable federal statutes before imposing a sentence.