Trial Under Way in Teen Overdose Death

James Patterson
James Patterson

Trial is under way in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court  for a man accused of giving a Girard teen a fatal dose of heroin.

James Patterson, 28, of Youngstown,  faces involuntary manslaughter charges in the overdose death of Christine Sheesley, 17, last April.  Jurors heard testimony on Tuesday from Tyler Scott Stevens, 20, who pleaded guilty last month to involuntary manslaughter and several drug charges for his role in Sheesley’s death.

Prosecutors said Stevens provided Sheesley with heroin at this apartment complex in Girard on April 6, 2012, which was Sheesley’s 17th birthday. She died the next day.

Stevens bought the heroin from Patterson, according to court testimony.

Stevens is scheduled to be sentenced later this month.

Meanwhile, Patterson, a convicted sex offender, could get 30 years if convicted on all the charges, which include involuntary manslaughter, several drug charges and tampering with evidence.

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