Lima man faces second drug death charge


By J Swygart - jswygart@limanews.com



Michael Pasterchik of Lima confers with his attorney, Marcus Moll, during a hearing Friday in Allen County Common Pleas Court. Pasterchik was charged by this months grand jury with involuntary manslaughter for providing the drugs to a woman who ultimately overdosed and died. He was indicted in November on an identical charge involving a different victim.

Michael Pasterchik of Lima confers with his attorney, Marcus Moll, during a hearing Friday in Allen County Common Pleas Court. Pasterchik was charged by this months grand jury with involuntary manslaughter for providing the drugs to a woman who ultimately overdosed and died. He was indicted in November on an identical charge involving a different victim.


J Swygart | The Lima News

LIMA — A Lima man already facing an involuntary manslaughter charge for allegedly causing the death of a woman by providing the drugs which caused her to fatally overdose is facing a second identical allegation involving a different victim.

Michael Pasterchik, 29, was indicted by the December session of the Allen County grand jury on counts of corrupting another with drugs and involuntary manslaughter, both felonies of the first degree, for causing the death of a woman by providing her with toxic controlled substances on or about Sept. 13 of this year.

Pasterchick was indicted in November on involuntary manslaughter, a first-degree felony, and trafficking in harmful intoxicants, a felony of the fifth degree. Those charges alleged that Pasterchik provided the drugs that caused the death of another woman in April.

In the earlier incident, police responded to a residence in the 700 block of North Main Street and found an unresponsive female suffering from an apparent drug overdose. She was rushed to a local hospital but was pronounced dead a short time later, according to court documents.

The woman’s boyfriend told police she had purchased heroin earlier in the evening from a subject she called “Mikey” using her cell phone.

Police found the phone and seized it for evidence, later finding Facebook messages between the deceased and Pasterchik describing a place to meet for the alleged drug transaction.

In September, according to court documents, Lima police responded to a residence in the 700 block of North Main Street in reference to an unresponsive female. Upon their arrival police found a female suffering from an apparent drug overdose. The woman was transported to a local hospital and was pronounced dead a short time later.

The woman’s boyfriend told police she had purchased heroin earlier in the evening from a subject she called “Mikey.” A search of the victim’s cell phone revealed Facebook messages between the woman and Pasterchick at the time of the alleged heroin sale.

Pasterchik appeared in Allen County Common Pleas Court on Friday and waived his constitutional right to a speedy trial. Judge Jeffrey Reed set a tentative trial date of April 20.

Michael Pasterchik of Lima confers with his attorney, Marcus Moll, during a hearing Friday in Allen County Common Pleas Court. Pasterchik was charged by this months grand jury with involuntary manslaughter for providing the drugs to a woman who ultimately overdosed and died. He was indicted in November on an identical charge involving a different victim.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/12/web1_Michael-Pasterchik.jpgMichael Pasterchik of Lima confers with his attorney, Marcus Moll, during a hearing Friday in Allen County Common Pleas Court. Pasterchik was charged by this months grand jury with involuntary manslaughter for providing the drugs to a woman who ultimately overdosed and died. He was indicted in November on an identical charge involving a different victim. J Swygart | The Lima News

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