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GEORGETOWN, Ohio – Three people were sentenced on Tuesday in Brown County Common Pleas Court.

Gwen Smith was sentenced to 30 months in the Ohio Department of Corrections.

Smith, 47, was indicted on one count of third-degree reckless homicide and one count of tampering with evidence in connection with the death of Andrew Chapman from a fentanyl overdose on Feb. 25. Along with her, Justin C. Taylor, Amanda M. Fields and Michael Smith were also indicted.

Taylor was sentenced on Sept. 18 to five years in the Ohio Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to one count of first-degree felony involuntary manslaughter.

Smith pleaded guilty to reckless homicide and the count of tampering with evidence was dismissed. She will be considered for judicial release into the STAR at an appropriate time. Smith will have a mandatory three years of post-release control upon her release from prison.

Tony Elam was sentenced to 18 months in the Ohio Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to one count of third-degree felony having weapons while under disability.

Elam was indicted on the previous count and aggravated menacing with a specification for forfeiture of a weapon. The second charge was dropped.

Elam will have an optional three years of post-release control upon his release from prison.

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Dustin Corbin Griffith was sentenced to a community control extension of one year after violating his previous community control order imposed on April 21, 2016.

Griffith was convicted of two counts of fifth-degree felony theft from a person in a protected class.

He has been ordered to enter and successfully complete the STAR program plus any aftercare. Griffith has also been placed on Intensive Supervision Probation. Post-release control is optional in his case for three years.

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