Mother, grandmother sentenced to 9 years in prison for teen’s heroin death

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AKRON, Ohio  — An Akron mother and grandmother have been sentenced for contributing to the overdose death of their son and grandson. Andrew Frey, 16 who died in a Green, Ohio hotel room last April.

Frey's mother, Heather Frey,32 pleaded guilty to charges that include Involuntary manslaughter, Endangering children and tampering with evidence

His grandmother, Brenda Frey earlier pleaded guilty to charges of Involuntary manslaughter and tampering with evidence.

Authorities were called to a Super 8 motel on April 6 after Heather found her son on unresponsive on the floor of the room in which they had been staying.

Investigators discovered drug paraphernalia and syringes in the room and concluded that all three had been using heroin prior to Andrew's death.

The investigation revealed that the family checked into the hotel to go swimming and that Brenda got the drugs that were purchased by Heather.

Defense attorneys say Heather Frey bought the drugs for herself and a friend to use and was angry with her son after he came out of the bathroom with a syringe.

Defense attorneys told the court that Heather is "extremely remorseful" adding that "whatever you do to her pales in comparison" to the loss of her son.

Defense attorneys said there was no intent for Andrew to use the drugs describing what happened as "pure stupidity" acknowledging that Heather and Brenda created an atmosphere where it could happen.

Attorneys for Brenda Frey told the court she is paying the ultimate price for her addiction.

Prosecutors on Wednesday called the crime "extremely tragic" adding that it was "a situation that could have and should have been avoided," telling Summit County Common Pleas judge Lynne Callahan that it is deserving of a prison sentence.

In passing the sentence, Judge Callahan told the women she was basing her decision on "fairness and not on emotion or sensationalism."

Callahan told the women that they are not paying the ultimate price, "The ultimate price was paid by Andrew."

"It boils down to personal responsibility and because of that a 16-year-old boy is dead," said Callahan

Judge Callahan sentenced both women to 9 years in prison.

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