3 years prison for Dayton man in fatal Miami County fentanyl OD

TROY — A Dayton man convicted in the 2017 overdose death of a Concord Twp., Miami County, man was sentenced Monday to three years in prison.

Quincy Mattison, 29, pleaded guilty this summer in county Common Pleas Court to felony attempted involuntary manslaughter and aggravated trafficking in fentanyl in the Feb. 24, 2017, death of James Lennon, 33.

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Sheriff's deputies said they responded to Lennon’s home north of Troy and found him not breathing. A woman at the residence also overdosed but survived.

Mattison told Judge Christopher Gee he was sorry but declined additional comment. Defense lawyer Jimmie Christon asked for community control. “The greatest punishment he is already enduring is the shame he must bear for the rest of his life,” Christon wrote in a sentencing memorandum filed before the sentencing.

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Janna Parker, assistant county prosecutor, said the situation “obviously ... is tragic because the defendant’s actions led to the death.” However, she said, a message needed to be sent to the community saying those who sell drugs create the risk someone will die, and they will be punished.

Gee said drugs are creating “a very terrible havoc” in the community.

“At least one person died from the defendant’s conduct and one is more than enough," Gee said. “Mr. Mattison will learn a lesson from his mistakes, hopefully.”

Also charged in the death was former West Milton resident Derek T. Gardner, 33, now of Sidney.

Gardner pleaded guilty to charges of attempted corrupting of another with drugs, a third-degree felony, and one count of aggravated trafficking in drugs and was sentenced in July to two years in prison.

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Both Gardner and Mattison were ordered to pay $9,508 in restitution to Lennon's family for funeral expenses.