A Springfield woman will spend five years in prison after she pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in connection with the overdose death of another woman in the Clark County Jail.
Marcia Suzanna Galvan-Thompson, 35, was indicted in April on charges of involuntary manslaughter, possession and trafficking of heroin, aggravated possession and trafficking of drugs, and illegal conveyance of drugs onto the grounds of a specified governmental facility, according to court records.
She agreed to serve five years in prison for involuntary manslaughter, said her attorney Jon Paul Rion, and the rest of the charges were dropped. As part of the agreement, he said she’ll be eligible for release after four years.
Galvan-Thompson allegedly smuggled drugs into the jail and then provided them to other female inmates, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office said at the time of her indictment.
Deputies alleged Galvan-Thompson brought the drugs into the jail inside a body cavity, then removed them and hid the contraband inside her bra.
Kristy Parker, 32, of Springfield was found unresponsive in her cell in the Clark County Jail in January of last year and pronounced dead soon after despite CPR efforts by jail staff and medics.
Galvan-Thompson maintained that she didn’t give the drugs directly to Parker, Rion said, but did admit that she brought them into the jail.
“We’re satisfied that the five year sentence was fair,” Rion said.
She could have faced a much longer prison sentence, he said, with the severity of the charges. Had the case gone to trial, he said, he would’ve argued that it was someone else who gave Parker the drugs that killed her.
Galvan-Thompson will be sentenced on Feb. 28.
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