Mom, grandma get 9 years in prison over teen’s heroin death

From left to right: Heather Frye, Brenda Frye and Jessica Irons
From left to right: Heather Frye, Brenda Frye and Jessica Irons

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The mother and grandmother of a teen who died from a heroin overdose at an Ohio hotel have been sentenced to nine years in prison for giving the 16-year-old the drugs that killed him.

A judge in Akron told both women on Wednesday that she holds them equally responsible for the teen’s death in April.

Prosecutors say the grandmother delivered the drugs that her daughter and a friend used with the teen at a hotel in suburban Akron.

Investigators say Andrew Frye was found dead in a chair at the hotel.

READ MORE: Mother, grandmother charged after teen found dead in Ohio hotel

His mother, Heather Frye, and grandmother Brenda Frye pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and other charges.

Attorneys for the two women say they never planned for the boy to take the heroin. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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