MADISON COUNTY WOMAN SENTENCED TO 4 YEARS AND 11 MONTHS FOR INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER IN CONNECTION TO HEROIN DRUG OVERDOSE DEATH FOR SELLING THE DRUGS THAT CAUSED THE OVERDOSE
Posted on 1/19/2017
Defendant: Jamie Nichole Maynard
Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “Although another life has tragically been taken by heroin, we will continue to aggressively prosecute those trafficking the drugs.” Prosecutor O’Brien announced that on September 23, 2016, Jamie Nichole Maynard, age 27, plead guilty to one count of Involuntary Manslaughter (F-1), and one count of Trafficking in Heroin (F-5) in connection to the April 27, 2015 overdose death of Courtney A. Penix, age 24. Both cell phone records and surveillance footage established that on April 27th, Maynard met Penix at the Westpointe Plaza Shopping Center Walmart on the west side of Columbus, where she sold heroin to Penix. Approximately an hour later, Penix’s body was discovered in the Meijer restroom in the same part of town. Penix died from a heroin overdose. Today Maynard was sentenced to 4 years and 11 months in prison. “Based on the soaring heroin overdose death rate in Franklin County, and as with this case, we will continue to aggressively investigate drug overdose deaths immediately after a body has been discovered in an attempt to identify the source of the drugs,” O’Brien stated.