Man accused of injecting heroin into IV pleads guilty to reduced charges

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OGDEN -- A man accused of shooting heroin into the IV of a hospitalized friend has pleaded guilty to reduced charges.

According to the Standard-Examiner, Ryan Tyler Knighton, 23, will spend 30 days in jail after pleading guilty to possession or use of a controlled substance. He was initially charged with aggravated assault for injecting the drug, which caused the woman to go into cardiac arrest.

According to a report from the Weber County Sheriff's Office, on Aug. 4 the woman was in the hospital after injecting heroin into her artery instead of a vein. She almost lost her hand as a result.

Still she told investigators she asked Ryan Tyler Knighton to bring more heroin to the hospital. He allegedly injected it into her IV.

Prosecutors dropped that charge and reduced the drug count as part of the deal.

He must also will enter the drug court program.

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