Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Death

James Patterson
James Patterson

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A Youngstown man convicted of selling a deadly dose of heroin to a Girard teenager who died from overdosing on the drug on her 17th birthday was sent to prison Thursday for two decades.

James Patterson, 28, who was convicted last week of reckless homicide, drug trafficking charges and tampering with evidence following a three-day jury trial in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court was sentenced to 20 years in prison by Judge Ronald Rice.

Patterson was found not guilty of involuntary manslaughter and possessing cocaine during the trial.

Patterson, a convicted sex offender, sold Christine Sheesley, 17, heroin she eventually overdosed on. Another man, Tyler Stevens, 20, pleaded guilty last month to involuntary manslaughter and drug charges for setting up the drug deal.

Sheesley died after taking the drug at Steven’s apartment. He will be sentenced next month. Sheesley’s mother said after the verdict was read last week that she was glad Patterson was convicted.

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