District Attorney: ‘Mr. Arrington Is Basically a Merchant of Death’

| November 21, 2019

1D4A7075CLARION, Pa. (EYT) – Noting that “Mr. Arrington is basically a merchant of death,” District Attorney Mark Aaron urged Judge James Arner to consider a sentence at the “top end” of the standard guidelines.

(Photo above by Dave Cyphert of ProPoint Media Photography.)

“The activity of Mr. Arrington killed Tanner Eisenman,” Aaron said during the sentencing hearing for 26-year-old Dameon Tyrell Arrington, of Pittsburgh, on Wednesday.

“Fentanyl kills, and his actions certainly caused this death.”

Chief William Peck, of the Clarion Borough Police Department, also spoke, urging the judge to “send a message” about the dangers of fentanyl, and what will happen to those who pedal this deadly drug.

“There is not one person in this courtroom that doesn’t know fentanyl kills people,” Peck noted.

Dixie Eisenman – the mother of Tanner Eisenman (pictured below) who was found deceased at his Clarion Borough residence on August 15, 2018 – also spoke at the hearing, beginning by thanking the officers who worked on the case, before approaching the subject of Arrington’s sentence.

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She stated that while she understood Arrington has children, and she felt bad for his family, they will still be able to visit him and receive calls from him.

“I don’t have that,” she stated. “I don’t get to hear my son anymore.”

Finally, just before the sentence was announced, Arrington himself spoke. He shared condolences with Eisenman about her loss, but maintained his professed innocence.

“I didn’t know her son,” he stated.

Despite his protests, a jury found Arrington guilty of the following offenses on October 22:

– Drug Delivery Resulting In Death, Felony 1
– Conspiracy – Drug Delivery Resulting In Death, Felony 1
– Involuntary Manslaughter, Misdemeanor 1
– Conspiracy – Involuntary Manslaughter, Misdemeanor 1
– Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony (two counts)
– Conspiracy – Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony
– Intentional Possession Controlled Substance By Person Not Registered, Misdemeanor (two counts)
– Use/Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor (two counts)
– Criminal Use Of Communication Facility, Felony 3

He was found not guilty of the following charges:

– Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony
– Intentional Possession Controlled Substance By Person Not Registered, Misdemeanor
– Use/Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor
– Criminal Use Of Communication Facility, Felony 3

President Judge James G. Arner sentenced Arrington to an aggregate sentence of 11.5 years to 23 years.

He ordered Arrington to the following:

  • a minimum of 78 months to a maximum of 156 month confinement on one first-degree felony count of drug delivery resulting in death
  • a minimum of 60 months to a maximum of 120 months confinement on one first-degree count of conspiracy drug delivery resulting in death, to run concurrently to the previous counts
  • a minimum of nine months to a maximum of 18 months confinement on one first-degree misdemeanor count of involuntary manslaughter, to run concurrently to the previous counts
  • a minimum of nine months to a maximum of 18 months confinement on one first-degree misdemeanor count of conspiracy involuntary manslaughter, to run concurrently to the previous counts
  • a minimum of 18 months to a maximum of 36 months confinement on each of two felony counts of delivery of a controlled substance, to run consecutively to the previous counts
  • a minimum of 18 months to a maximum of 36 months confinement on one felony count of conspiracy delivery of a controlled substance, to run consecutively to the previous counts
  • one year of probation on one misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance, to run concurrently to the previous counts
  • one year of probation on one misdemeanor count of use/possession of drug paraphernalia, to run concurrently to the previous counts, and
  • a minimum of six months to a maximum of 12 months confinement on one third-degree felony count of criminal use of a communication facility, to run consecutively to the previous counts.

Arrington currently remains lodged in the Clarion County Jail awaiting transfer to a state correctional facility.


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