Man Sentenced for Role in Overdose Death

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A Girard man was sentenced Monday to five years in prison for buying the heroin his teenage friend eventually died from using.

Tyler Stevens, 20, previously pleaded guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter, corrupting another with drugs, heroin trafficking and permitting drug abuse for buying heroin to celebrate Christine Sheesley’s 17th birthday. He was sentenced by Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Peter Kontos.

Sheesley, Stevens and another friend used the drugs at Stevens’ apartment. Sheesley passed out and died from overdosing on the drug, according to court testimony.

The man who sold the drugs to Stevens, James Patterson, 28, of Youngstown, was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Patterson, a convicted sex offender, was found guilty during a three-day jury trial of reckless homicide, drug trafficking and tampering with evidence.

Sheesley’s mother said after the verdict was read last week that she was glad Patterson was convicted.

Sheesley died after taking the drug at Stevens’ apartment.

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