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October 12, 2016

You be the judge: what sentence for mother and grandmother who delivered deadly heroin to teen?

The question in the title of this post is prompted by this disturbing AP story headlined "Mom, grandma face sentencing in teen's heroin death at hotel." Here are the depressing details:

The mother and grandmother of a teen who died from a heroin overdose at an Ohio hotel are scheduled to be sentenced for giving the 16-year-old the drugs that killed him.  Prosecutors say the grandmother delivered the drugs that her daughter and a friend used with the teen at a hotel in suburban Akron.

Investigators say Andrew Frye was found dead last April in a chair inside the hotel room that was littered with syringes and drug paraphernalia.

Both his mother, Heather Frye, and grandmother, Brenda Frye, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and other charges last month.  Prosecutors say Brenda Frye got the heroin from her boyfriend who pleaded guilty to heroin possession.

This prior story about the guilty pleas entered last month reports that the mother, Heather Frye, is 31 years old and the grandmother, Brenda Frye, is 52 years old.  With those additional details, I am now genuinely interested in and eager to hear from readers about what they think would be a fair and effective sentence for these two individuals.

October 12, 2016 at 07:14 AM | Permalink

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I'm a layman, and without knowing what sentencing guidelines are prescribed by law I would have no idea what sentence to give...

Posted by: Chris | Oct 12, 2016 7:28:23 AM

Prison: Middle of min/max time•

Posted by: Moi , the Nemo ♠ Me Impune ♂ in OH | Oct 12, 2016 8:04:39 AM

10 years prison and drug treatment.

Posted by: Thinkaboutit | Oct 12, 2016 8:14:02 AM

The mother and grandmother have sufferred enough with the tragic death of their family member. They will never be able to forget and will punish themselves every day of their remaining lives. The DEA should be indicted for keeping heroin illegal, thus causing overdose deaths from the use of unregulated substances. Also every elected politician who continues to support criminalization of heroin and other drugs. They are who are responsible for this death, and they are who should be sentenced by the court.

Posted by: Stephen Douglas | Oct 12, 2016 8:31:17 AM

The professor's point is that some pandering politicians have made very similar conduct a capital offense. Granted, selling/supplying Fentanyl-laced heroin has an additional element of intentionality to it not present here. The basic conduct is inherently dangerous and thus somewhat likely to cause death, so shouldn't the perps be on the hook for something closer to murder than involuntary homicide, at least penalty-wise. Not sure this should be treated any differently than any other involuntary case.

Posted by: Fat Bastard | Oct 12, 2016 9:34:57 AM

The fact heroin is illegal alone isn't an issue here. The stuff is potent and even if legal, seems like a person can OD. And, the average user doesn't die of an overdose. Not knowing the facts, only working on reasonable assumptions, some reckless behavior even beyond use of the illegal substance appears to be present there. And, if it was legal, it is likely to be illegal for those 16 years of age. It doesn't worsen the situation.

The fact the child died is tragic and is worthy of some penalty -- "involuntary manslaughter" sounds like it could appropriate. Actually delivering the drugs as compared let's say to be using the drugs and the child taking it from you is particularly worthy of being addressed. But, a few years in prison is enough there. They do have to deal with the horror of a child dying, but their involvement here is not only tragic but a special level of wrongdoing. It warrants addressing in the criminal law.

Posted by: Joe | Oct 12, 2016 11:00:23 AM

The fact heroin is illegal alone isn't an issue here. The stuff is potent and even if legal, seems like a person can OD. And, the average user doesn't die of an overdose. Not knowing the facts, only working on reasonable assumptions, some reckless behavior even beyond use of the illegal substance appears to be present there. And, if it was legal, it is likely to be illegal for those 16 years of age. Drugs being illegal does worsen the situation though even Gary Johnson says he only wants to legalize marijuana.

The fact the child died is tragic and is worthy of some penalty -- "involuntary manslaughter" sounds like it could appropriate. Actually delivering the drugs as compared let's say to be using the drugs and the child taking it from you is particularly worthy of being addressed. But, a few years in prison is enough there. They do have to deal with the horror of a child dying, but their involvement here is not only tragic but a special level of wrongdoing. It warrants addressing in the criminal law.

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Posted by: Joe | Oct 12, 2016 11:01:59 AM

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