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Grand Rapids man guilty of giving wife deadly drug

A Grand Rapids man on Monday pleaded guilty of giving his wife a lethal dose of the painkilling drug Fentanyl. In a plea agreement, Terry Wayne Richards, 49, pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree manslaughter, according to Itasca County Att...

A Grand Rapids man on Monday pleaded guilty of giving his wife a lethal dose of the painkilling drug Fentanyl.
In a plea agreement, Terry Wayne Richards, 49, pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree manslaughter, according to Itasca County Attorney John J. Muhar. He waived his right to a presentence investigation and will serve five years and eight months in prison.
He originally had been charged with third-degree murder.
According to the criminal complaint, Richards purchased a Fentanyl patch, extracted the drug, sold some of it to another person and on Sept. 19 provided some to his wife at their Grand Rapids home.
Police were called to a medical emergency there that evening. Richards’ wife was taken by ambulance to Grand Itasca Hospital, where she later was pronounced dead.
According to the complaint, Richards said that his wife had overdosed in the past, and he had revived her by throwing water on her.
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid used to treat excessive pain and before medical procedures. Health officials say it is 80-100 times more potent than morphine and many times more potent than heroin.
 

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