MIAMI COUNTY — A Wapakoneta woman pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter this week for her role in the overdose death of Piqua resident Benjamin Jacomet.
Karmen M. Heniser, 30, pleaded guilty to first-degree involuntary manslaughter and fifth-degree trafficking in drugs in Miami County Common Pleas Court on Thursday. The plea was a part of a plea agreement with the state for Heniser to serve four years in prison for involuntary manslaughter and one year for trafficking heroin.
Ryan D. Sheppard, 42, of Piqua, 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.
Fentanyl is a prescription narcotic used to relieve pain for surgery patients. It can also cause life-threatening respiratory distress when taken in high doses or mixed with other substances, such as alcohol.
Sheppard’s case is still in Miami County Municipal Court, and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sheppard on Wednesday, April 20.
Both Sheppard and Heniser are currently being held at the Miami County Jail. Sheppard is being held on a total of $275,000 bond. Heniser is being held on a total of $125,000 bond.
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