MIAMI COUNTY — Karmen Heniser, 31, of Wapakoneta, was sentenced to serve five years in prison for first-degree manslaughter and trafficking heroin in Miami County Common Pleas Court on Monday.
Judge Jeannine Pratt presided over the sentencing and followed the joint recommendation for Heniser’s role in the overdose death of Piqua resident Benjamin Jacomet on Jan. 3.
Heniser will also have her driver’s license suspended and will serve five years on parole following her release from prison.
Last month, Heniser pleaded guilty to the charges as part of a plea agreement with the state to continue to cooperate with officials against co-defendant Ryan Sheppard, 42, of Piqua.
Sheppard was also charged with first-degree felony involuntary manslaughter and fifth-degree felony trafficking in drugs in connection with this incident. Sheppard and Heniser are accused of selling Jacomet the heroin that led to his death.
According to court records, messages on social media between Heniser and Jacomet reportedly reveal multiple drug buys being set up. Witnesses also reportedly saw Heniser and Sheppard stop by briefly at Jacomet’s home the night of Jacomet’s death.
Jacomet’s postmortem examination was conducted by the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office and the report was received March 11. Court records state that Jacomet’s cause of death was Fentanyl and alcohol intoxication.
Sheppard’s four-day jury trial has been set to begin on June 28. Sheppard is being held on a total of $275,000 bond.
In other court news:
Miami County Common Pleas Court Judge Christopher Gee issued a warrant for the arrest of Michelle Day, 38, on Tuesday.
Day entered a plea of no contest to three counts of aggravated vehicular assault and an OVI on May 2. She was found guilty by the court on all charges stemming from the May 21, 2015, accident which seriously injured three men on I-75.
Day failed to appear for the motion to revoke her bond. Day, a resident of Miamisburg, failed to notify the court of her new address after she moved out of a relative’s home. Defense attorney Steve Lehman said he spoke to Day advising her of the hearing several times, including on Monday morning.
Day could spend 15 years in prison on all charges. Her sentencing date is set for June 13.
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