Trio Involved in Heroin Overdose Death Sentenced

| December 7, 2017

GavelFRANKLIN, Pa (EYT) – Three people who were involved in a heroin overdose death of a man in Venango County earlier this year were sentenced on Tuesday.

According to court documents, the trio’s sentences ranged from probation to time in state prison.

Thomas Crose, 43, of Emlenton, received a sentence of 18 months to 10 years at the State Prison in Camp Hill. He received credit for 18 days served.

Crose is not eligible for the RRRI (Recidivism Risk Reduction Incentive) program.

He pleaded guilty to the Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver (Heroin), a felony.

Tara Eileen Bowden, 39, of Oil City, received a sentence of six months to 23 months and 29 days in the Venango County Jail. She received credit for 18 days served.

Work Release/Job Search was authorized for Bowden, subject to the eligibility requirements and the terms and conditions of the work release program, not to exceed six days per week. Employment is not to interfere with counseling sessions deemed necessary by Venango County Substance Abuse Program.

Bowden will be on probation for 36 months following the completion of her jail time.

Bowden pleaded guilty to one count of Conspiracy – Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver (Heroin), a felony.

Crystal Marie Breck, 37, of Oil City, was sentenced to 24 months probation.

Breck must complete 25 hours of community service within 180 days, according to the schedule established by and under the supervision of the Community Service Coordinator.

Breck entered a negotiated guilty plea to Recklessly Endangering Another Person.

In the other cases, court documents indicate 51-year-old Clifton McCloud, of Hackensack, N.J., faced the most serious charge of involuntary manslaughter, a second-degree felony. However, it was dismissed when he agreed to plead guilty on November 20 to Recklessly Endangering Another Person, a second-degree misdemeanor.

McCloud was sentenced to serve 1-2 years behind bars in state prison. He received credit for time served of 189 days.

According to court documents, 32-year-old Mae Elizabeth Shirey, of Oil City, pleaded guilty to a felony count of Conspiracy – Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver and was sentenced to three years probation.

Details of the Case

According to the criminal complaint filed in District Judge Andrew Fish’s office, Pa. State Police responded to an area on Upper Sage Road on Sunday, February 26, for a report of an overdose victim, Derek Black, Jr.

Seneca Volunteer Fire Department EMS personnel and Community Ambulance of Oil City also responded to the scene.

Black later died after using an unspecified amount of heroin, according to the complaint.

The state police transferred the case to Oil City Police.

Patrolman Cory Ruditis and Chief Bob Wenner later spoke with Crose and Bowden.

They allegedly admitted to being involved in the delivery of heroin to Black, McCloud, and Breck, the complaint states.

Bowden also allegedly admitted she traveled to the residence of Shirey in Oil City where Shirey provided Bowden with one gram of heroin that was then sold to Black, McCloud, and Breck, the complaint indicates.

Bowden then returned to her home and allegedly gave heroin to Crose. Crose then met with Black, McCloud, and Breck and sold them heroin for $200.00, according to the complaint.

Black, McCloud, and Breck then traveled to an unknown location in a black rental SUV vehicle that McCloud was driving, and they began to use heroin that they bought from Crose. Black then began showing signs of overdosing. He was carried to the SUV, and they drove around looking for NARCAN which is used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, the complaint continues.

According to statements made, Black was driven around for 45 to 90 minutes without anyone asking for medical help. After failing to find NARCAN, they traveled to the Upper Sage Road area where Black was removed from the SUV, and many people began to call for medical help, according to the complaint.

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