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Whipple man sentenced to prison for overdose death

Photo by Michele Newbanks Darin Craig and his attorney, Jack Blakeslee, await Craig’s sentencing Wednesday morning at the Washington County Courthouse. He was sentenced to five years in prison for corrupting another with drugs and aggravated possession of drugs.

A Whipple man was sentenced Wednesday morning to five years in prison for his role in the overdose death of a woman in Marietta.

Darin M. Craig, 25, of 615 Dalzell Road, was arrested in September 2019 after Samantha Seevers, 24, of Marietta, was found dead of an overdose behind the Speedway on Seventh Street. During an investigation by the Marietta Police Department, it was found Seevers had purchased heroin from Craig.

The syringe found at the scene and the cap she used to cook up the heroin field-tested for fentanyl.

Craig pleaded guilty in May to aggravated possession of drugs, a third-degree felony, and corrupting another with drugs, a second-degree felony.

Before he was sentenced, a statement from the victim’s mother was read.

“He took my babies. He took my only daughter and left two little ones without their mom,” the statement said. She also noted Seevers was pregnant at the time, although Washington County Assistant Prosecutor Joe Derkin said without an autopsy, which wasn’t done, they couldn’t know for sure.

He said there are often discussions in the courthouse hallways about how overdose victims should have had the personal responsibility not to use drugs.

“I think that argument is wrong and I think it’s meant to demean the victim and just kind of throw their hands up and say ‘oh, well,'” he said.

He said it’s also done to make people numb to addicts dying in the streets and parking lots in the community.

Derkin added that people shouldn’t shame addicts, but the traffickers prey on them and that’s how they get their money.

He explained how Craig knew the drugs had killed Seevers and told the confidential informant that the drugs were hot and had killed someone.

Blakeslee said when someone takes drugs, there is an assumption of risk. He told the court Craig wasn’t a drug pusher, but a user.

Craig told the court and Seevers’ family that he was sorry for the loss of Samantha.

“I know what I did was wrong, selling drugs,” he said.

Washington County Common Pleas Judge John Halliday went through Craig’s prior criminal history, including thefts and probation violations as both a juvenile and adult.

“Frankly, there is no remorse,” he said.

He received 24 months in prison for the aggravated possesion charge, and five years in prison for the corrupting another with drugs charge. The sentences are to run concurrently.

The maximum sentence he faced was 12 years in prison.

Michele Newbanks can be reached at mnewbanks@mariettatimes.com.

At a glance:

•Darin Craig, 25, of Whipple, was sentenced to five years in prison.

•He pleaded guilty in May to corrupting another with drugs and aggravated possession of drugs.

•He was arrested after the overdose death of Samantha Seevers.

•Seevers was found behind the Speedway on Seventh Street in September 2019.

Source: Washington County Court of Common Pleas.

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