GEORGETOWN, Ohio – A Hillsboro man has been sentenced in a Brown County manslaughter case.
Billy R. Hackworth was arrested in December of 2017 after police found a man’s body in a ditch near Mount Orab.
According to police, Hackworth, 44, allegedly sold drugs to Clint Doss, 38, then dumped his body along Oakland Road after Doss fatally overdosed on Oct. 12.
Doss was found lying in the ditch at around 9 the next morning. A toxicology test performed by the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office revealed the cause of death to be a fentanyl overdose.
Hackworth was sentenced to six years in Ohio prison after pleading guilty to one count of first-degree felony involuntary manslaughter. He was indicted on Dec. 27, on that count as well as two counts of second-degree felony corrupting another with drugs, one count of third-degree felony reckless homicide, one count of third-degree felony tampering with evidence, one count of fourth-degree felony aggravated trafficking in drugs, one count of fifth-degree felony trafficking in heroin and one count of fifth-degree felony gross abuse of a corpse. All but the first charge were dismissed in court.
Upon his release from prison, Hackworth will face a mandatory six years of post-release control.
Others sentenced include:
Richard A. Sherman was sentenced to four years in Ohio prison after pleading guilty to three counts – one count of third-degree felony abduction, one count of third-degree felony having weapons while under disability and one count of misdemeanor-one endangering children. Sherman was indicted on the charges on Dec. 22, as well as one count of second-degree felonious assault, which was dismissed in court.
According to court documents, Sherman will be considered for judicial release into the STAR program at the appropriate time. He is to have no contact with the victim and is to forfeit all firearms.
Tyler Bloemker was sentenced to three years in Ohio prison after pleading guilty to one count of second-degree felonious assault.
Bloemker was indicted on the charge as well as one cout of third-degree felony abduction on Deb. 18. The second count was dismissed in court.
Upon Bloemker’s release from prison he will be subject to mandatory three years of post-release control.
Ralph S. Waits III was sentenced to 30 months in Ohio prison after pleading guilty to one count of third-degree felony operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, a drug of abuse or a combination of them.
Waits was indicted on the charge on April 5 as well as one count of fourth-degree felony receiving stolen property. The latter charge was dismissed in court.
Judge Scott T. Gusweiler ordered the first 120 days of imprisonment to be mandatory. As well as prison, Waits will be considered for release into the STAR program at an appropriate time. He will have his driver’s license suspended for three years to life, will be subject to mandatory alcohol/drug treatment, specialized license plates and Guardian Interlock.