Jamie N. Maynard didn’t mean for her to die and though she was doing another heroin addict a favor.
“I thought at the time I was helping Courtney because she kept telling me she was sick,” Jamie Maynard said in a Franklin County Courtroom.
Maynard called Penix “a beautiful person” with whom she had a lot in common. She said, “We both came from great families, had big hearts and outgoing personalities, and both of us hated ourselves for allowing heroin to control our lives.”
Heroin withdrawal is very real and nobody wants to see their friend get sick. It happens all the time in the drug world – heroin is shared or sold between friends so that nobody gets sick. But if someone dies because you’ve given them heroin, it may be ruled in court as manslaughter or murder
On April 27, 2015, Jamie N. Maynard (24 years old) met her friend Courtney Penix at the Westpoint Plaza Shopping Center parking lot on the far west side to sell her a single dose of heroin so that she didn’t go into withdrawal. Penix quickly went into a Meijer store restroom across the street to inject the heroin. This fatal dose of heroin killed her within the hour.
Maynard was crying as she said, “I knew I was wrong (to supply the drug), but for whatever reason, I still handed it to her…” And “I will never forgive myself for that, ever. Words cannot describe how sorry I am.”
Common Pleas Judge Chris Brown heard her pleas and sentenced her to four years and 11 months in prison. In 6 months, she will be eligible to apply for early release.
It was prosecutors Carol Harmon and Jamie Sacksteder and defense attorney Clayton Lopez recommended the sentence. Maynard plead guilty to one count of trafficking heroin and a single count of involuntary manslaughter.
At sentencing, the judge said, “I don’t doubt that you never meant to cause (the death)…” and “You provided her with the means, knowing she was sick, and there’s a price to pay for that.”
Prosecutors and law enforcement agencies of Franklin County had previously set a policy to seek involuntary manslaughter charges against individuals who supply heroin and other drugs that result in overdose related deaths.
Jamie Maynard was introduced to heroin when she was 20 years old by her ex-husband. She said, “Unfortunately, after that, my life has never been the same.” She’s now a mother of three, including a newborn.
Most of Maynard’s words were directed to Penix’s parents who were there at the time of the sentencing.
“I will never come to terms with what happened on that day, and I’m sure you’ll never be able to either,” she said. “But I hope that one day you’ll find it in your hearts to forgive me.”
She also said, “If you can’t, I’ll understand, because I’m not sure I will be able to forgive myself.”
Those using heroin are advised to get help and treatment and should never provide another (whether or not money is involved) with drugs. A fatal heroin overdose from drugs you provided/delivered to another could result in manslaughter charged and significant jail time.
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