Staff Writer

A Findlay man was sentenced Monday 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 3-month-old son, Surreno J. Killion, died on March 1, 2018. Killion put his 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.

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.

The death was ruled an accident, and the coroner’s report noted “co-sleeping with an adult” as a significant condition.

On Monday, 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.

The amount of meth was “very small,” pointing toward Killion having “potentially been on a meth high, coming off of it,” Riegle said. Combined with “a fair amount of marijuana,” this would have made Killion more tired.

About a week after his guilty plea, Killion tested positive for cocaine, amphetamine, methamphetamine, marijuana, opiates and burprenorphine, Riegle said. Killion was arrested for violating bond.

Killion acknowledged Monday that his substance abuse was a factor in his son’s death.

Killion “absolutely loved and adored” his son, Sass said, and was “extremely distraught” over his death.

Sass said the boy “would cry unless my client was holding him,” and he had fallen asleep with his son before because of that.

Killion has “genuine remorse” for what happened, Sass said.

“Even the State of Ohio does not dispute the fact that this was not your intention. If you had been intending to cause harm to the child, we’d be here on a very different charge,” Starn said.

Killion has a record as a juvenile and an adult that includes assault, criminal mischief, aggravated trafficking and possession of drugs, receiving stolen property, illegal conveyance of weapons, disorderly conduct, obstructing official business, resisting arrest, obstructing justice, trafficking in cocaine and petty theft, Starn said. He has been to prison twice before.

Killion has 33 days of credit for jail time and will continue to accumulate credit while in jail until he is taken to prison.

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