SUMMIT COUNTY, OH (WOIO) - Summit County Judge Lynne Callahan sentenced the mother and grandmother of a 16-year-old who died of a heroin overdose to nine years each.
Heather Frye, mom, received nine years in prison for involuntary manslaughter and 24 months for tampering with evidence. Brenda Frye, the victim's grandmother, got nine years for involuntary manslaughter as well, plus 18 months for trafficking.
Their sentences will be served concurrently.
Andrew Frye was found dead this past April in a chair inside a hotel room in Green, Ohio.
Prosecutors say the grandmother delivered the drugs that the mother and a friend used with the victim at the hotel. It's still unclear if he was injected or injected himself with heroin.
Mom and grandma pleaded guilty to the charges earlier this year. The judge scolded the women in court, saying they had many chances to turn their lives around.
"The ultimate price was not paid by either of you," Callahan said. "The ultimate price was made by Andrew."
The judge says this whole crime boils down to the lack of personal responsibility and bad choices.
"Both of you know the evil cycle you're in. Heather, you know the cycle you were brought up in and yet you're there in the hotel room having your son in the same cycle," Callahan said. "You knew he did the drugs. You knew he saw you do the drugs."
Donald Callaghan, Brenda Frye's boyfriend who supplied the heroin, has also pleaded guilty to heroin possession.
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