A British national who once lived in O’Fallon, Illinois, has been found guilty in federal court for his role in selling heroin to high school students. 41 year old Richard Klemis will spend at least 20 years in jail after being found guilty this week during a trial in East St. Louis.
Twenty years is the minimum mandatory sentence in the case and he could actually serve life behind bars. Klemis was found guilty of supplying heroin to 19 year old Tyler McKinney in 2011, who later died of an overdose. Klemis lived with McKinney and his mother at the time, and he was also found to have been selling heroin to other young people including other students at O’Fallon High School. When he was initially named as a suspect, he fled back to Great Britain, but was extradited to face the charges. Sentencing is set for May 7.