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Cleveland man gets 4 years in heroin overdose death

Michael Swank, 37, of Cleveland, pleaded guilty Tuesday to involuntary manslaughter and drug charges and was sentenced to four years in prison.

County Prosecutor Dean Holman said Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier gave Swank the mandatory four-year sentence on the involuntary manslaughter charge because it occurred in the course of committing another felony.

“He sold heroin with fentanyl to the victim, who died,” Holman said.

Swank also was sentenced on one count of corrupting another with drugs, a second-degree felony, and one count of aggravated trafficking in drugs and one count of trafficking in heroin, fifth-degree felonies.

On Dec. 12, 2014, Wadsworth police responded to a 911 call from Carlene Cyr, who reported her daughter, 29-year-old Ashley Cumberledge, was unresponsive, according to the police report.

Officers found Cumberledge had died of a heroin overdose. Cyr was attending to Cumberledge’s 9-month-old daughter while Cumberledge was in her room studying and using the drugs.

During a subsequent year-long investigation, Cumberledge’s cell phone provided detectives with clues that led them to Swank.

He was serving time on a felony theft charge in Manatee County, Fla., and was extradited to stand trial in Medina.

“Some detailed detective work led to the arrest,” Wadsworth police Lt. Dave Dorland said.

Contact reporter Marina Malenic at (330) 721-4063 or nmalenic@medina-gazette.com.

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