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Medina man pleads guilty to role in fatal overdose


A Medina man involved in a fatal overdose changed his plea Friday in Medina County Common Pleas Court.

Jacob Aune and Heather Hobbie were accused of delaying to call 911 or seeking medical help in an overdose of a Medina man who later died, police said.

Aune, 33, of South Harmony Street, pleaded guilty to one count of involuntary manslaughter, a third-degree felony; one count of reckless homicide, a third-degree felony; and one count of permitting drug abuse, a fifth-degree felony.

Sentencing for Aune, represented by attorney Thomas Erb, is scheduled for Nov. 18. He was referred Friday to the Medina County Adult Probation Department for a presentence investigation.

Aune and Hobbie, also of Medina, were accused of not obtaining medical attention for Timothy Nelson, 31, who overdosed in Hobbie’s home last January. Medina police Sgt. Brett McNabb said that Nelson overdosed on a combination of heroin and fentanyl in Hobbie’s South Harmony Street home Jan. 20.

Hobbie, 34, pleaded not guilty May 5 in Medina Common Pleas Court to involuntary manslaughter, a first-degree felony; reckless homicide, a third degree felony; and permitting drug abuse, a fifth-degree felony. If convicted, she could serve up to 12 years in prison.

Hobbie and Aune transported Nelson to Medina Hospital, after what McNabb said was likely a 15- to 20-minute delay. Nelson — the father of one son, according to his obituary — died the same day. McNabb said that delay may have cost Nelson his life.

“They clearly had the opportunity to help him, but he died,” McNabb said after the hearing. “They just didn’t do the right thing in this case.”

McNabb said Hobbie was aware of the availability of the antidote naloxone because police had used the heroin antidote during a previous call to her home for a suspected overdose.

“There had been at least one prior opiate-related overdose at this house,” he said.

McNabb said a lengthy investigation followed Nelson’s death and Hobbie and Aune were arrested April 27.

Aune has no criminal record in Medina Common Pleas Court, but he has convictions for misdemeanor drug abuse and paraphernalia in Medina Municipal Court from January.

Hobbie is represented by court-appointed attorney David Sheldon. Her jury trial was scheduled for Sept. 26, but was continued to 9 a.m. Nov. 7. Pretrial is scheduled at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 31.

Medina court records show Hobbie has previously been convicted on drug and alcohol charges.

Sheldon asked Judge Joyce V. Kimbler to delay discussion on her bond, which is set at $100,000.

Hobbie and Aune are being held in Medina County Jail.

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