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.