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Medina man gets 3 years in prison after overdose death

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A Medina man involved in a fatal drug overdose was sentenced to three years in prison Nov. 23 by Medina County Common Pleas Court Judge Christopher Collier.

Jacob 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.

Aune was accused of not obtaining medical attention for Timothy Nelson, 31, who police said overdosed on a combination of heroin and fentanyl in Heather Hobbie’s South Harmony Street home on Jan. 20.

Aune and Hobbie 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. Medina police Sgt. Brett 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 had no criminal record in Medina Common Pleas Court, but has prior convictions for misdemeanor drug abuse and paraphernalia in Medina Municipal Court from January.

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. Her case is scheduled for trial beginning Monday. If convicted, she could serve up to 12 years in prison.

Assistant Prosecutor Michael McNamara and defense attorney Thomas Erb were present for the sentencing, according to court documents.

Contact reporter Marina Malenic at (330) 721-4063 or nmalenic@medina-gazette.com.

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