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October 28, 2021

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San Diego man pleads guilty to federal charge in fatal fentanyl overdose

A San Diego man pleaded guilty Thursday to distributing fentanyl that led to a Poway man’s fatal overdose.

Arnold Ray Walters III, 33, faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in prison for providing the fentanyl that caused the Jan. 1, 2017, death of the unidentified 24-year-old victim, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

In entering his plea to distribution of fentanyl resulting in death, Walters admitted to being “aware of the potentially lethal impact of the fentanyl based on his knowledge of other individuals accidentally overdosing on fentanyl,” according to federal prosecutors.

Walters is also facing sentencing in a separate case involving firearms charges, and is slated to be sentenced in both cases on May 21 in San
Diego federal court.

In the gun case, prosecutors alleged law enforcement found five handguns and an AR-15-style rifle in Walters’ apartment in 2018 while serving a search warrant in connection with a burglary at a sporting goods store. Walters was precluded from possessing firearms due to previous felony convictions.

Staff writer Alex Riggins contributed to this report.