Woman sentenced for involuntary manslaughter in overdose death

Brandy Keith

Brandy Keith

Brandy Keith, age 34, of Pike Township, Brown County, was sentenced to four years in prison following a conviction of involuntary manslaughter in the overdose death of Terry Day, Brown County Court of Common Pleas reported on Wednesday, Nov 4.

Last April, Brandy Keith and Terry Day had arranged to ride together to buy heroin in Cincinnati, and used some of the product while waiting at a traffic light on the drive back. During the car ride, Day became unresponsive and was hurriedly dropped off by Keith at his mother’s home.

The mother called 911, but Day died. A medical examiner ruled ethanol and heroin intoxication as the cause of death following an autopsy.

In June, Day’s mother helped Brown County Sheriff’s Office identify Keith as the woman who had dropped him off at her home. She told investigators she was driving around and recognized the vehicle Keith dropped off Day with, a 1998 Chevrolet Prizm registered to her husband, parked outside of Keith’s home on New Harmony-Shiloh Rd, Pike Township.

Keith admitted to investigators she took Day to Cincinnati to buy heroin on several occasions, and she also had sold him Subutex, which she had a prescription for.

Law enforcement executed a search warrant at Keith’s home to collect evidence in the investigation. Chemicals used in manufacturing methamphetamine were seized inside of the home.

The grand jury of Brown County returned an indictment against Brandy Keith on Aug 13, charging her with two counts of first-degree felony involuntary manslaughter, one count of second-degree felony corrupting another with drugs, one count of fifth-degree felony trafficking in heroin, second-degree felony trafficking in buprenorphine, and third-degree felony illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs.

The court found Keith guilty on one count of first-degree felony involuntary manslaughter, dismissing the other charges. She was sentenced to four years confinement in the Ohio Department of Corrections, court costs and should receive “Thinking for Change and substance abuse counseling.” Keith was also ordered to forfeit the burgundy 1998 Chevrolet Prizm she used in the offense.


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