Rittman woman accepts deal in overdose death

A Rittman woman accepted a plea deal Tuesday and faces prison for providing heroin to a Burbank man who later died from an overdose.

Jennifer Lynn Phillips, 33, of 330 Villa St., Apt. 36, entered pleas of no contest in Wayne County Common Pleas Court to charges of trafficking in heroin, tampering with evidence and permitting drug abuse.

She was found guilty of the charges by Judge Mark K. Wiest.

Sentencing was set for Jan. 27. Phillips faces a maximum 54 months of incarceration.

Charges of involuntary manslaughter and corrupting another with drugs were dropped.

The charges stem from an investigation into the overdose death of Adam Marty, who died Jan. 22. He was 30 years old.

Assistant Prosecutor Jodie Schumacher said that after Marty was found dead it was determined Phillips and her codefendant, Gary L. Martin III, 33, Wooster, helped Marty obtain the heroin he used and overdosed on.

Martin has a pretrial scheduled for Jan. 19 in front of Wiest. He has pleaded not guilty.

Don Hall, director of the Medway Drug Enforcement Agency, said previously his agents assisted in the investigation, which was dispatched to the Wayne County Sheriff's Office. The call originated along North Bauer Road in Wooster Township, where Marty was found dead. The home was Phillips' residence at the time.

Reporter Steve Huszai can be reached at 330-287-1645 or shuszai@the-daily-record.com. He is @GeneralSmithie on Twitter.

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