Thursday, May 20, 2004

Third man guilty in drug runner's death

By Sharon Coolidge
The Cincinnati Enquirer

The last of three men accused in the killing of a drug runner who pilfered money from a drug lord three years ago in Kenwood was convicted Wednesday of tampering with evidence.

Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Charles Kubicki Jr. convicted Jerry Dorizas, 46, of Kenwood of tampering with evidence related to the death of Roberto Valedez of San Antonio.

Dorizaswill be sentenced next month.

Kubicki sentenced Willie Barfield, 29, of Price Hill, in March for tampering with evidence and gross abuse of a corpse. Kubicki ordered Barfield to spend three years on probation.

Both men are accused of helping Edward O'Connor dispose of Valedez' body, found burning in a Walnut Hills trash bin in summer 2000.

In March, Kubicki sentenced O'Connor, 48, to 16 years in prison for involuntary manslaughter, tampering with evidence, gross abuse of a corpse, and illegal possession of a firearm.

The sentence was part of a plea deal in which prosecutors agreed to drop a charge of murder if O'Connor admitted to the killing.

Prosecutors have said Valedez kept nearly $25,000 made on the sale of marijuana that O'Connor gave Valedez to sell in Cincinnati. Valedez was supposed to send the drug proceeds back to O'Connor, but instead used the cash to buy prostitutes, drugs for his own use and to vacation with his children.


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