Preble County, Ohio Prosecutor's OfficeMartin P. Votel, Prosecuting Attorney

Drug Traffickers Sentenced for Involuntary Manslaughter

Published on August 23rd, 2017

Summary

Dana Webb and Courtney Alspaugh have each received five (5) years in prison for delivering fatal dose of heroin/fentanyl to Sabrina Bourne, who died of a drug overdose on April 6, 2016 at the age of 35.

On April 6, 2016, Ms. Betty Miller found her thirty-five year old daughter Sabrina Bourne dead in the bed where she slept. Drugs and drug paraphernalia were found in her purse and by her bedside. A toxicology report would later confirm that Sabrina had died of acute fentanyl and heroin intoxication. Ms. Miller reported to the Sheriff’s Office that two known subjects had been to the house the previous evening and had met with Sabrina in the driveway for a short period of time.

The investigation revealed that Dana Webb, age 38, and Courtney Alspaugh, age 30, both of Eaton, Ohio, had been to the Bourne residence on April 5, 2016. Both suspects admitted being at the residence but denied delivering drugs, claiming instead that they had visited Sabrina to collect money for a phone bill. The Sheriff’s Office seized Sabrina’s phone, and the phones of both suspects. A search warrant was procured and a full analysis was completed on each of the phones.

The text messages on the phones made clear what had happened: Sabrina wanted heroin and Webb indicated that she had some “fire”, i.e. potent drugs, but that she had no way of delivering the drugs to Sabrina. Webb suggested that Sabrina text Alspaugh to assure her [Alspaugh] that she would be paid gas money if she brought Webb to Bourne’s house. Alspaugh agreed, and she and Webb delivered the drugs to Bourne. After the delivery, Alspaugh texted Sabrina, asking if she was ok because “seven people had OD’d” on the drug. Sabrina returned the text, confirming that she had used a small amount and agreeing that it was “fire”. That was the last text Sabrina would send.

A Preble County grand jury indicted Alspaugh and Webb in the aftermath of Sabrina Bourne’s death. Each defendant was charged with, among other crimes, “Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs”, a felony of the fourth degree (for delivering the drug; R.C. 2925.03) and “Involuntary Manslaughter”, a felony of the first degree (for causing the death of Bourne as a direct and proximate result of the felony drug trafficking offense; R.C. 2903.04(A)). Each defendant plead guilty to these crimes as charged. At sentencing, each defendant received a sentence of five (5) years in prison, with the maximum available sentence being eleven years under law. The state of Ohio, by and through the Prosecuting Attorney, had requested a sentence of seven years in each case.

PROSECUTING ATTORNEY, MARTIN P. VOTEL: This is a tragic case because it involves the senseless death of a young woman, who was a daughter and mother. Even more tragic is that such deaths are all-too-common in this age of rampant opiate addiction. This is the first case of its kind in Preble County where law enforcement was able to prove the source of the drugs which lead to an overdose death. These cases are significant. They are significant because they bring justice to Sabrina Bourne’s family. But they are also important because they send a message to those who would sell heroin and other drugs in our community: evidence permitting, they will be held criminally accountable for the tragic results of their crimes.