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Coventry Township woman pleads guilty to role in overdose deaths of two men

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A Coventry Township woman pleaded guilty Tuesday for her role in the heroin overdose deaths of two men three years apart.

Danielle Hoover, 30, pleaded guilty to two counts of involuntary manslaughter before Summit County Common Pleas Judge Amy Corrigall Jones.

Hoover was charged earlier this year after Summit County sheriff’s deputies linked her to two heroin-related deaths: Richard Allen Davis, 40, of Coventry, in 2009; and Rollie Harmon, 34, of Akron, last December.

Prosecutors say Hoover was with the men around the time they used heroin and died.

Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh said in a statement that Hoover provided heroin that she had purchased using the men’s money.

“The two got high together, and then the man overdosed and died,” Walsh said. “And each time, Hoover fled instead of trying to get help for the men.”

Davis was found dead inside a pickup truck on Killian Road in Coventry Township from what the medical examiner’s office said was an overdose of heroin and cocaine.

In December, Harmon died from a heroin overdose, authorities said. His body was found at a motel in Green, according to the medical examiner’s office.

Hoover will be sentenced Nov. 19.


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