Man convicted in heroin death arguing for shorter sentence

Kevin Obi (File)


GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) – A man serving 25 years in federal prison for the heroin death of a Grandville woman says his prison sentence should be shortened.

Kevin Obi was convicted in 2004 of supplying the drug that caused the death of 21-year-old Nora Lares of Grandville.

At the heart of Obi’s argument is a recent Supreme Court ruling that says if other drugs are present in a body then the person who supplied one of those drugs cannot be held responsible for the death.

Lares’ mother told 24 Hour News 8 Thursday Obi should never be let out of prison.

“He’s where he should be, he should be in prison for the rest of his life,” Gina Lares, the victim’s mother, said. “You never get over it. You never and the way she died, it’s terrible.”

When Nora passed out from the heroin, Obi and a friend put her in a car and drove her to an area on 44th Street that they said they thought was a medical center.

It was not. Only then did they call 911, but it was too late for Nora. She died of a heroin overdose and Obi went to prison.

“I’m very angry, I’m angry that he has the power to appeal again,” Gina said.

Now Obi says that since Nora had been drinking that night the heroin he gave her is not the only cause of death.

A response filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office says that the heroin alone was sufficient to kill Nora and that Obi’s request should be denied.

Nora’s mom has saved court files, obituaries, photos – everything in a box for 10 long years. She hardly ever opens it.

“I can’t, it’s terrible,” Gina said.

Putting the lid on the box never makes it go away, but Gina vows she will do whatever she can to make sure Obi won’t go free early.

“He deserved that, he should have gotten more but he should serve his sentence and keep his mouth closed and go away,” Gina said.

The decision to hear Obi’s claim will be up to a federal judge. We will let you know what that decision is as soon as we learn of it.

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