A Findlay man was sentenced this afternoon to two years in prison for the suffocation death of his son.
Jack D. Killion, 27, pleaded guilty in Hancock County Common Pleas Court on April 9 to reckless homicide, a third-degree felony.
His son, Surreno J. Killion, died on March 1, 2018. Killion put his 3-month-old son in bed with him around 7 a.m. that day, and the baby later died due to positional asphyxia, according to Hancock County Coroner Mark Fox’s report.
Killion was sleeping next to the baby in a way that resulted in accidental suffocation, Hancock County Prosecutor Phil Riegle said after a bill of information was filed in the case. A bill of information is an alternative to the grand jury process. Riegle also said there was evidence Killion had used drugs.
The death was ruled an accident, and the coroner’s report noted “co-sleeping with an adult” as a significant condition.
Today, Riegle recommended the maximum possible sentence, three years in prison, while defense attorney Ken Sass asked that Judge Jonathan Starn impose community control.
Killion tested positive for methamphetamine and marijuana at the time of his son’s death, Riegle said. He also tested positive for a variety of drugs in April after his guilty plea, so he was arrested for violating bond.
He has 33 days of credit for jail time and will continue to accumulate credit while in jail until he is taken to prison.