Murder victim’s sister charged with slipping drugs to imprisoned killerBy MARY ANN GREIER Staff Writer
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An East Liverpool woman whose sister was stabbed to death in 2006 has been charged for allegedly passing drugs to her sister's killer while visiting him in prison.
Rebecca D. Foreman, 32, of 16616 Coolidge St., entered a not guilty plea last month in Richland County Common Pleas Court for illegal conveyance of drugs of abuse onto the grounds of a detention facility, a third-degree felony. If convicted, she could face one to five years in prison.
Columbiana County Prosecutor Robert Herron said he recently learned about the charge and was told Foreman had been visiting 27-year-old Andrew Irwin, the man convicted of murder in the stabbing death of Foreman's 21-year-old sister, Emily, in a Liverpool Township residence on Aug. 23, 2006.
According to Herron, she had been visiting him for a period of months at the Mansfield Correctional Institution, where the drug incident allegedly occurred on Oct. 30.
When the jury reached its verdict in March 2007, Irwin was immediately sentenced to life in prison, with parole eligibility after 15 years. Reportedly, Foreman had been in the courtroom for some of the court proceedings.
According to a report by the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the agency which investigated the drug incident, Foreman was in a visit room with an inmate, whom Herron identified as Irwin, when she was observed on camera removing an item from her pocket and placing it into a coffee cup. The inmate then drank from the cup.
The report said Foreman admitted placing two Xanax from her prescription into the cup. Xanax is a prescription drug used to reduce anxiety and depression.
Herron said the charge in Richland County was discovered during a local traffic-related investigation. He called Richland County and confirmed the information. She was indicted in the fall.
According to court information posted on the Richland County Clerk of Courts Web site, Foreman has been ordered to have no contact with Andrew Irwin. A spokesman for the Bureau of Public Information in the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections noted that Irwin arrived at the Mansfield facility on Sept. 27, 2007, but was moved on Jan. 21 this year to the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, which is located at the southern end of the state in Scioto County.
The appeal of his conviction remains pending with a new attorney since former trial attorney George Kafantaris has been suspended from the practice of law. An appeal filed by Kafantaris over Judge C. Ashley Pike sentencing him to jail for contempt of court also remains pending.
That family is sooo messed up!!
Why cant anybody see where drugs are leading them?? I bet Emily is soo proud of her sister, talk about blood is thicker than water? But must not be thicker than DRUGS!!
E-mail iPod Print ShareThisPublished: Tuesday, June 17, 2008
By D.A. Wilkinson
The wounded man drove to an old cemetery and died.
ELKRUN — Authorities continue to investigate a shooting death they say may be a case of self-defense.
Two men quarreled twice during a large party at a home on state Route 154, with the second argument ending with an exchange of shots.
The first call to authorities about the shooting was made to Lisbon police at 4:52 a.m. Sunday.
Tyler R. Unkefer, 20, of 1864 Lower Elkton Road, was shot in the chest, said Brian Fullum, an investigator for the Columbiana County Coroner’s office.
A formal ruling on the cause of death will be made after test results are complete, he said.
Sheriff David Smith and Prosecutor Robert Herron said the case will likely be presented soon to the county grand jury. No date has been set.
“It was a bad mix of alcohol and firearms — a deadly mix,” Smith said.
The 29-year-old man who police suspect shot Unkefer has not been charged.
Herron said the two men shot at each other. Unkefer missed; the other man did not.
The men apparently were in an argument over a woman, officials said.
The party started early Saturday afternoon. Two birthday cakes were found at the property.
Herron and Smith said a number of people came and went as the party went into the evening. Smith said the deceased and the resident quarreled over a woman, and Unkefer left.
Unkefer and the shooter may have slightly known each other, officials added.
Unkefer later returned with a gun, and the two men exchanged shots outdoors, authorities said.
The wounded man got in his vehicle and drove away with people in it.
He eventually pulled into an old cemetery on state Route 154, where he collapsed, Smith said.
Authorities are still trying to identify and talk to people who were at the party.
Many of the people didn’t know other people who were at the event, the prosecutor said.
Herron said a lesson for the young people attending parties would be to know whom they are with.
I found this article and wanted you to take a look at it. Is this crazy or what? Herron said this is a lesson?? Someone needs to teach Herron a lesson on what the word LAW means. ARE YOU SERIOUS??? There is something sooo wrong here. Why was this shooter not charged with any type of a firearm charge at least?? THIS is exactly what is wrong with our county. And they just keep letting people like this get away with stuff like this, so why not just go on an kill someone else? I mean, you wont be charged with it, RIGHT? And it may just teach someone a lesson.
What the heck??
He should have had major gun charges I used to date him for almost four years he has illegal firearms hidden all over the house in the kitchen cupboards, the bedrooms, the garage, his truck...he is psychotic and always.talked about shooting ppl and getting off scott-free....those backwoods cops need to call a real law enforcement officer!!!!!!
The facts of the case are that Tyler Unkefer left retreived a firearm and returned and started shooting. If he would not have been stopped there is no telling how many people would have been shot. And to the person that says they dated him for four years im going to call you a liar. the cops would have searched every inch of the premises and if there was anything illegal he would have been charged. I also know for a fact that he never dated anyone for four years. Everyone has the right to defend themselves and when someone shows up with a gun and starts shooting id say its time to defend yourself.
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