The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

February 20, 2013

Man gets five years in overdose death

From staff reports

COLUMBUS, Kan. — A Scammon man was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison on a charge of involuntary manslaughter in a drug overdose case.

David Tirrell, 35, was sentenced by Judge Kent Lynch in Cherokee County District Court for the July 25 death of Jordan Krokroskia, 22, of Baxter Springs. He was a student at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin. His death was attributed to a drug overdose.

Tirrell was convicted in January on a charge of selling the drugs that resulted in Krokroskia’s death.

As a result, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has proposed legislation to increase penalties for those who distribute illegal drugs that cause great bodily harm or death, according to a statement issued by his office.

That legislation, House Bill 2044, is under consideration in the Kansas House of Representatives, Schmidt’s statement said.