Family: NH mom's sentence in 17-year-old girl's fentanyl OD death is not enough
CONCORD — The mother of Eve Tarmey received a two year sentence in connection to her 17-year-old's overdose death, a punishment family members say is not enough.
Jazzmyn Rood received a two year sentence Friday after pleading guilty to the charge of misprision of a felony in August.
The judge stated that the guideline sentence was 21-to-27 months, but decided to pick a sentence in between since Rood did not "procure, assist or administer these drugs" and because she completed a therapy program while in prison.
Tarmey's grandmother, Nancy Davis, felt that Rood's sentence was not enough, claiming that Rood told the family that she had killed Tarmey days after her death.
"She was supposed to protect her; this was her daughter," Davis said.
Davis said that this was never brought up in court because Tarmey accepted a plea deal instead of going to trial.
Tarmey's ashes were kept close to Davis during the sentencing as she wore them in a necklace.
"She is right here in the courtroom right now," Davis said.
Other members of Tarmey's family addressed the court with photos in hand of their deceased loved one.
Tarmey's father, Troy Tarmey, was visibly upset as he claimed his daughter was not a drug addict, that Rood was one. He walked away from the stand saying to Rood "you should just kill yourself."
Larry Douglas, a previous boyfriend of Rood for 11 years and father-figure to Tarmey, addressed the court, saying he has two other children with Rood who are ages 16 and 10.
"I don't want her to have a chance to do this with my children," Douglas said.
The judge sympathized with the family members, calling the situation "tragic beyond calculation."
He said he sentenced Rood for the crime that she committed, and was not able to pass judgement on her as a mother, instead she would have to live with what happened for the rest of her life.
Rood's attorney Jim O'Rouke said he was satisfied with her sentence, and said no punishment could be worse than the guilt that Rood carries with her.
The time that Rood has already served will be go towards her two year sentence, meaning she only has about a year left to service, Assistant U.S. Attorney Don Feith said.
Mark Ross was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison on Oct. 28 after pleading guilty to distributing a controlled substance to a person under the age of 21, resulting in death in July.
Leslie Alberle, an acquaintance of Ross and Rood, also plead guilty to the same charge as Ross. She is facing 20 years in prison as well and will be sentenced on Jan. 3.