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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - James L. Patterson, who was charged with involuntary manslaughter and seven other charges related to the death of Christine Sheessley on April 6th of last year, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Jurors in Trumbull County reached a verdict on Thursday, in the case against a Youngstown man accused of providing the heroin that led to the death of a 17-year-old girl from Girard.

He was found not guilty of the involuntary manslaughter charge but was found guilty of a lesser charge of reckless homicide.

Patterson was also found guilty of corrupting another with drugs, trafficking heroine, trafficking in the vicinity of a juvenile and tampering with evidence.

He was found not guilty of posession of cocaine.

Only half of these charges were related to Sheesley's death. The others were related to another incident in May 2012 where he was caught by police in his car.

Judy Sheesley, Christine's mother was crying but said she was glad Patterson was found guilty.

 

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