By EILEEN MCCLORY
A Findlay man charged with providing drugs to an overdose victim is scheduled to go to trial next January after an attempt at a plea deal failed Thursday.
The defendant, Maynard T. Norton, 37, is charged with involuntary manslaughter, a first-degree felony, and corrupting another with drugs, a second-degree felony.
He is accused of providing drugs that resulted in the overdose death of Jaerrod McDaniel, a Findlay man who died at age 25 on Dec. 17, 2016. Norton has pleaded not guilty.
The coroner’s office report on McDaniel’s death lists fentanyl, morphine and heroin as factors in his death.
Norton was offered a plea deal Thursday in which he would plead guilty to both charges, and receive a joint recommendation from the prosecution and defense attorneys of five years in prison.
He declined that plea deal.
If convicted of both charges, he faces up to 11 years in prison, the maximum sentence for the involuntary manslaughter charge. If convicted of corrupting another with drugs, he faces up to eight years in prison.
Norton’s jury trial was delayed until next year because his defense attorney, Merle R. Dech Jr., said he has a trial planned for October and will be unavailable in November.