A Fairborn man, charged in the death of man who died after taking heroin is facing up to 11 years in prison.
Jamie L. Farmer, 33, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in Greene County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday.
Farmer was indicted in August 2012 after Benjamin Howard, 36, overdosed on heroin in Farmer’s home, according to the police report. Howard arrived at Farmers home around 2:45 a.m. and asked if he could use Farmer’s bathroom to take the drug, according to police interviews with Farmer.
Farmer told investigators Howard asked, so he injected five caps of heroin into him, according to the police report.
“The problem is once you do that, you take on the criminal responsibility when you inject somebody with drugs,” Stephen Haller, the Greene County prosecutor said. “Its called corrupting another with drugs, and that’s why he’s guilty of involuntary manslaughter.”
Farmer answered a series of yes or no questions as part of the process of waiving his right to a jury trial, but did not make any statements before entering a guilty plea.
Involuntary manslaughter carries a minimum penalty of three years of incarceration. The maximum penalty is 11 years.
The other charges, corrupting another with drugs, trafficking in drugs and tampering with evidence, were dropped as part of a plea agreement.
Prosecutors recommended a six year sentence, said Judge Michael Buckwalter during the hearing.
Farmer will be sentenced on Aug. 28.
Haller said Farmer and Howard knew each other and are believed to have been friends.
Farmer was released from jail on a $50,000 bond, according to court records.
Now, Farmer will be referred to the county adult probation department for a pre-sentencing investigation, said the judge during Tuesday’s hearing.
“What we’re really talking about is heroin,” Haller said. “It’s become a plague, a scourge, and epidemic all over. Heroin is cheap, it’s plentiful and it’s destroying lives and it’s killing people. This case is the end result of the epidemic of heroin use,” he said.