Man pleaded guilty to manslaughter after delivering fatal drugs

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CATLETTSBURG, Ky. (KT) – An Ashland man pleaded guilty to manslaughter this week after delivering fatal drugs to a man in December at the Boyd County Detention Center.

Michalee J. Gibson, 44, was sentenced to seven years in prison after he pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter and first-degree trafficking in the controlled substance heroin, both class C felonies, after delivering a fatal dose of drugs to a fellow inmate at the Boyd County Detention Center.

Gibson was originally charged on Dec. 21, 2018 with first-degree promoting contraband, first-degree trafficking in the controlled substance heroin, trafficking in a controlled substance, second-degree manslaughter, and second-degree persistent felony offender, according to court records.

Gibson pleaded guilty to first-degree trafficking in the controlled substance heroin, a class C felony, and second-degree manslaughter, a class C felony, in exchange for a plea arrangement with the Commonwealth dismissing his charges of first-degree promoting contraband, trafficking in a controlled substance, and second-degree persistent felony offender. The charges were dismissed without prejudice.

The manslaughter charges stem from the overdose of Charles Shawn Finley, 36, of Ashland that occurred at Boyd County Detention Center on Dec. 2, 2018.

According to a statement written by a jail deputy, nurses performed compressions on Finley until EMS arrived.

Finley was transported to Kings Daughter's Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased at approximately 1 a.m., according to court records.

Finley was incarcerated at the jail when other inmates snorted fentanyl causing an overdose, said the post-mortem examination report. Two other inmates overdosed with Finley and were given Narcan.

The case was investigated by Kentucky State Police and Boyd County Coroner Mark Hammond, according to court records.

Finley's post-mortem report said that he tested positive for Fentanyl, Norfentanyl, Opiates, Morphine, 6-Monoacetyimorphine, and Codeine.

Gibson was charged with promoting contraband after bringing the drugs into the Boyd County Detention Center. The Boyd County Commonwealth Attorney's Office said this is the first conviction in an overdose death in Boyd County.

Finley's sister, Brandi Webster, said that she is grateful that Gibson acknowledged his role in the death of her brother. Webster said she prays that Gibson and others learn a valuable lesson from this tragedy.

Gibson is currently detained at the Boyd County Detention Center.

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