(7-11-19) Zequiel Ahrns (23) of Minster has been sentenced in Mercer County Common Pleas Court to 18 years in prison on six felony charges. The charges stem from a Mercer County Adult Detention Facility inmate’s (Joseph D. Meinerding) overdose and an attack on two of the facilities corrections officers.
Ahrns will serve 12 years before another hearing will be held to determine if three more years will be added to his sentence due to prior incidents.
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The charges stemmed after an inmate overdosed in March due to drugs that police say was brought into the facility by Ahrns, who was already serving time. Days later another incident took place, Ahrns would attack two corrections officers and took their tasers hoping to escape.