Man pleads guilty to trafficking in heroin


A man accused of providing drugs involved in a fatal overdose pleaded guilty to four drug counts during a hearing in Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Kelbley’s courtroom Wednesday afternoon.

Tyree L. Carpenter, 36, of Fostoria, pleaded guilty to four counts of trafficking in heroin, all fifth-degree felonies. His trial was to begin today.

The joint sentence recommendation is he serve nine months in prison on each count, for a total of 36 months. He would receive a six-month driver’s license suspension and pay a $360 fine.

Sentencing is to occur March 7. Carpenter is awaiting a trial for another drug-related case.

In the case to go to trial March 5-7, he is accused of causing the death of Steffen Yarris as a proximate result of committing or attempting to commit a charge of aggravated trafficking in drugs, according to his indictment.

According to Seneca County Drug Task Force — METRICH Enforcement Unit, officials believe Carpenter provided the drugs on which Yarris overdosed. Yarris was found unresponsive in a restroom at Arby’s, 301 N. Countyline St., Fostoria, in April 2016, according to the task force.