BG man sentenced in overdose death

BOWLING GREEN — A Bowling Green man was sentenced to five years of community control in connection to the 2015 overdose death of a North Baltimore woman.

The (Bowling Green) Sentinel-Tribune reported Christopher Hosler, 27, was sentenced on a charge of reckless homicide by Wood County Judge Matthew Reger on Friday.

According to court records, Hosler was indicted last July on one count each of involuntary manslaughter, a first-degree felony, and reckless homicide, a third-degree felony, in the Jan. 23, 2015 death of Maria Morales, 28, North Baltimore.

The newspaper reported that Hosler, Morales and others had reportedly gone to Toledo to obtain heroin on the night of Jan. 22, 2015, and they had taken the drug on several occasions throughout the night.

Morales was found unresponsive, and later pronounced dead of a suspected heroin overdose.

Hosler pleaded guilty in January to the reckless homicide charge.

Two North Baltimore residents also have been sentenced in connection with the case, according to court records.

In May 2016, Joshua Grant, 28, North Baltimore, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of permitting drug abuse and was sentenced to 11 months in prison.

Robert Sterling, 32, North Baltimore, who was charged with one count of permitting drug abuse, was placed in the intervention in lieu of conviction program under the supervision of the Wood County Adult Probation Department for one year.


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