MEDINA — A Medina Township man and the wife of the victim are both going to prison after being convicted of multiple felonies stemming from the overdose death of a 41-year-old Medina man.
Medina County Common Pleas Judge Joyce V. Kimbler sentenced Timothy M. Thomas, 46, of the 100 block of Brandywine Drive, to four years in prison Monday after Thomas, a drug dealer, was convicted of five felonies, including involuntary manslaughter,
Thomas was found guilty Monday of involuntary manslaughter, a first-degree felony; corrupting another with drugs, a second-degree felony; tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony; illegal cultivation of marijuana, a fifth-degree felony; and illegal possession of marijuana, a fifth-degree felony.
On the same day, Maria Antonace was also found guilty of corrupting another with drugs, a second-degree felony, in Common Pleas Court. She was sentenced to a mandatory two years in prison.
On Oct. 13, 2017, Medina police and Medina County Drug Task Force responded to the 1100 block of Grove Lane in reference to an unconscious male.
The county coroner ruled months later that Paul Antonace, 41, died as a result of a fentanyl overdose, according to a news release from the Drug Task Force from April.
After what Medina Police Chief Ed Kinney called an extensive investigation, police detectives discovered sufficient evidence to believe that Maria Antonace — Paul’s 49-year-old wife — and Thomas supplied the drug that led to Paul Antonace’s death.
“If you sell drugs in Medina and someone dies and we can track it back to you, you’ll go to prison,” Kinney said Thursday. “Any time we can get a drug dealer off the streets, we’re happy, especially if it involves a death.”
Both were in Medina County Jail, as of Thursday afternoon.
Before being indicted on the involuntary manslaughter and corrupting another with drugs charges, Thomas was indicted on a charge of tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony, during the initial phase of the investigation into Paul Antonace’s death after he tried to destroy evidence related to the death.
After posting bond on that charge after Paul Antonace’s death, authorities later discovered more than a pound of marijuana during a search of Thomas’ home.
He was then indicted in December 2017 on charges of illegal cultivation of marijuana and possession of marijuana, fifth-degree felonies, court records show.