TROY — 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.
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