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Convicted felon sentenced for killing drug dealer
by Tribune Staff
Mar 30, 2012 | 526 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print

RENO (AP) — A convicted felon was sentenced Friday to 3.5 to 10 years in prison for fatally stabbing his drug dealer on a Reno street.

Washoe County District Judge Steven Kosach imposed the sentence on Ryan Cox, who earlier pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter in the March 2010 death of 57-year-old Jeffrey Middelsteadt.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reports Cox had two prior felony drug convictions, and was an admitted user of heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine.

Prosecutors say the 37-year-old Cox arranged for Middelsteadt to meet him on the pretense of buying heroin from him, but killed him in an effort to rob him of drugs.

A Secret Witness tipster saw the two together and helped police crack the case.

Cox has already served nearly two years in jail.
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