After he said six friends died of overdoses in the past year, a Charleston man admitted Tuesday to playing a key role in a local drug ring involving college-age suspects.
A judge then sentenced Daniel A. Katko, 27, to three years in prison after Katko pleaded guilty to six counts of possession or trafficking drugs such as cocaine, marijuana, Xanax and Ecstasy.
Katko and his attorney stood in a downtown Charleston courtroom describing how he had enjoyed a lifestyle of making easy money from dealing drugs. But he regrets it, he said.
If it continued, he said, he would probably end up like one of his friends whose lives were claimed by drug use.
“I have decided to make a very, very necessary change in my life,” he said. “This can’t go on.”
Circuit Judge Thomas Hughston handed down the three-year term, the minimum Katko faced, on all but one charge. The other count came with a one-year sentence. Katko will serve all the penalties at the same time.
Daniel Alexander Katko. Cannon Detention Center/Provided