LIMA — One day after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter for causing the death of a Lima man by providing him heroin laced with fentanyl, Bobby Spyres was sentenced Thursday to eight years in prison.
Assistant Allen County Prosecuting Attorney Randall Basinger asked Judge Terri Kohlrieser to follow a recommendation from the state for the eight-year sentence “to send a clear message to the community that trafficking in heroin and fentanyl will not be tolerated by this court.”
Spyres, 27, of Lima, accepted a deal from prosecutors Wednesday that called for her to plead guilty to the involuntary manslaughter charge for her actions that caused the 2018 drug overdose death of Lima resident Larry Money. In return for that plea, the state dismissed felony charges of corrupting another with drugs and aggravated trafficking in drugs.
Spyres asked to be sentenced immediately after agreeing to the plea deal, but Kohlrieser delayed sentencing by one day to allow family members of the victim to be present in court.
Ruby Culp, Money’s sister, took advantage of the opportunity to address the court.
“I realize you did not make Larry take the drugs, but you provided the drugs, and I believe he felt it was safe,” Culp said to Spyres. “Obviously you have no regard for human life.”
But Culp also took a Christian stance, saying, “God loves you; I love you, and I forgive you. I hope you can turn your life around.”
In her brief remarks, Spyres told Culp, “I am so sorry for your loss. Larry was really kind to me.”
Defense attorney John Hopkins said his client had surrounded herself with drug addicts “and was caught up in a lifestyle she regrets. She had no intent for what occurred to happen.”
Basinger said the number of overdose cases involving heroin and fentanyl across the state of Ohio is “almost epidemic” and said Spyres was distributing “what turned out to be drugs laced with deadly fentanyl.”
The prosecutor said Spyres showed “total disregard for any of the individuals” to whom she supplied the potentially deadly drugs.
In January, prosecutors said it was learned after the indictment against Spyres was returned that one day earlier, the Lima woman had supplied a female named Taylor Black with a “bindle containing drugs” that was similarly contaminated with fentanyl. Basinger said in court Thursday that Black overdosed on the drugs but was revived by first responders and survived.