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Patterson gets 20 years for teen's OD death

Published: Thu, May 23, 2013 @ 10:48 a.m.

WARREN — The man convicted of delivering the heroin that killed a 17-year-old Girard teen on her birthday last April was sentenced to 20 years in prison this morning by Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Ronald Rice.

James Patterson, 28, of Youngstown was convicted of four charges last week relating to the death of Christine Sheesley. An aunt of the victim read a statement from the family before the sentence was handed down.

Patterson apologized but Rice told him his criminal record proved maximum sentences are necessary because he cannot be rehabilitated.

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1SaMbOoKwEl(18 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

Harsh for just dealing. Girl could have just smoked a joint. Not really his fault.

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2NilesOhio(722 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

"Not really his fault"? Seriously? If he hadn't provided her the drugs, would she be dead today? And what about all those other kids that were there because he was a drug dealer?

Personally, I don't think 20 years is long enough considering he did nothing for hours while Christine was dying. "Oh, she'll be OK. She just needs to sleep it off."

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3SaMbOoKwEl(18 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

He was merely providing a service. I highly doubt he forced her to shoot dope. Do you give 20 years to the person who sold you a car if you decide to drive it off a cliff? As for the 20 years, would homeboy have gotten that much if he was white, or she was black? I bet not.

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