Overdose investigation leads to 11 year prison sentence
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[April 23, 2016]
February 19, 2016, Lincoln Police and emergency medical services
were dispatched to 2011 N. Kickapoo Street in Lincoln. Upon arrival,
police and medical personnel observed an unresponsive male showing
symptom of a heroin overdose. Medical personnel were able to revive
the male on scene and he was transported to Abraham Lincoln Memorial
Hospital for further treatment.
As a result of the Lincoln Police investigation, it was discovered that
Jason Routson had sold the male 3 small bags of heroin. The male
injected all three bags of heroin and overdosed as a result.
The Criminal Code expanded the definition of Aggravated Battery in
recent years to include the offense of delivering a controlled substance
to a person who experiences great bodily harm as a result of the
injection of that controlled substance .
On April 19, 2016, Judge William Workman accepted a fully negotiated
plea sending Jason Routson to the Department of Corrections for the
offense of Aggravated Battery, a Class 1 Felony. Jason Routson was
sentenced to 8 years in prison followed by 2 years of mandatory
supervised release (formerly known as parole). In addition, Jason
Routson was on felony probation for Burglary when the new offense of
Aggravated Battery occurred. Routson’s probation was revoked as a result
of this new offense and he was sentenced to 3 years in the Illinois
Department of Corrections. The two sentences of 8 years and 3 years run
consecutive with each other for a total of 11 years.
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“It is our hope that prison sentences such as this one will have a
deterrent effect within the community,” stated Jonathan Wright.
“Because of the nature of drug transactions, not all overdose
investigations lead to the provider of the heroin. When it does, we
will prosecute those cases. Thankfully, the individual in this case
survived the overdose. Congratulations to the Logan County
Paramedics, Lincoln Fire and Rescue, and the Lincoln Police
Department for their efforts in this case,” added Wright.
[Logan County State's Attorney