Ex-attorney pleads guilty to violations

Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 3, 2003

A former Ironton attorney who pleaded guilty in connection with a death of a client at his office last year is serving three weeks in the Lawrence County Jail for various infractions of the rules at the STAR Community Justice Center.

Richard Wolfson pleaded guilty yesterday to a motion to revoke his community controlled sanctions before Lawrence County Common Pleas Judge Richard Walton. That motion was filed by the Lawrence County Prosecutor's Office.

Wolfson pleaded no contest Dec. 11, 2002, to a charge of tampering with evidence in connection with the death of Eric Deer, 24, who died in Wolfson's Park Avenue law office on March 23, 2002, after receiving a fatal dose of Fentanyl, a synthetic morphine patch. After entering his plea, Lawrence County Common Pleas Court Judge Frank McCown found him guilty of the charge and sentenced him to six months at the STAR Community Justice Center and five years of community controlled sanctions under intensive supervision. A charge of obstruction of justice was nullified.

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Wolfson was the third person to be sentenced in connection with Deer's death. In June 2002, Deer's father, Gerald Deer, 48, of Ironton pleaded guilty to corrupting another with drugs and involuntary manslaughter, both second-degree felonies. He was sentenced to four years on each count, which will be served consecutively. Gerald Deer was also fined $7,500.

In August 2002, Wolfson's wife, Mary Wolfson, 24, pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice in connection with the death. She was sentenced to three years of community controlled sanctions under intensive supervised probation.