Heroin Homicide Sentencing

A 23-year-old woman who sold heroin to a Hermantown woman who died after using it was sentenced to more than six years in prison, Monday.

Kayla Vranish, 23, pleaded guilty on June 17 in State District Court to murder in the third degree for her role and connection in the death of Kathy Davis, 62.

At the hearing, the defendant admitted to selling heroin to Davis on November 29, 2014 and acknowledged that the victim died from the using the substance she sold to her.

Davis was found dead the day after the sale, and was found unresponsive at her Hermantown home by her husband. He reported that she was purple and didn’t appear to be breathing. An uncapped hypodermic needled and rubber tourniquet were found in her right hand and was pronounced dead when paramedics arrived.

A glass vial containing substances that were found to be heroin and fentanyl were found in the victim’s purse.

Toxicology reports revealed that Davis had fatal levels of morphine and heroin in her system at the time of death.

This is the second drug-homicide case prosecuted by the St. Louis County Attorney’s Office leading to the convictions this year. In January, an Iron Range man was convicted of third degree murder and second degree manslaughter for providing a synthetic hallucinogen causing the death of his girlfriend.

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