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Man faces 11 years in prison

Shawn Foucher • Aug 27, 2014 at 2:38 PM

A Fremont man will face up to 11 years in prison for his role in the April 2012 overdose death of his wife.

Jason Risenburg, 38, pleaded guilty this past week in Sandusky County Common Pleas Court to a single count of involuntary manslaughter. In exchange, Sandusky County prosecutor Tom Stierwalt dismissed charges of murder and corrupting another with drugs, court officials said.

When a reporter dropped by his office this week, Stierwalt refused to comment on the case.

When Judge John Dewey sentences Risenburg next month, he could face three to 11 years in prison and a fine of $20,000.

Risenburg’s wife, Beth Risenburg, died at age 31 on April 2, 2012, at her Franklin Avenue home in Fremont. Months after her death, the Lucas County coroner’s office sent Fremont police toxicology reports from the autopsy, indicating Beth died of a methadone overdose.

When his wife died, Risenburg had a prescription for methadone, which is prescribed to people trying to fight heroin or opiate addiction.

Risenburg was originally indicted in January 2013 on charges of murder, involuntary manslaughter and corrupting another with drugs. He was arrested in North Carolina and returned to Sandusky County, and has been in jail ever since.

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