A prostitute named Alix Tichelman has been sentenced in a California court to six years in jail for her part in the death by a heroin overdose of a Google executive named Forrest Timothy Hayes in November 2013.
It is a sensitive subject as to whether or not the person who provided a drug abuser with the drugs that caused his or her death by an overdose should be held legally responsible for what happened. Back in 1982, when legendary comic John Belushi died from a speedball — a combination of heroin and cocaine — the woman who actually gave him the injection was charged in his death.
Last year, New York Police searched for whomever it was that provided Phillip Seymour Hoffman with the heroin with which the actor died from an overdose.
Even the term “overdose” is misleading. It could happen due to taking too much of a drug, from a bad batch of a drug or from mixing different types of drugs together.
As part of a plea bargain Tichelman plead guilty yesterday to involuntary manslaughter and administering drugs. The 28 year old prostitute was first arrested last July.
The 51 year old Forrest Timothy Hayes, a married father of five, was found dead in November 2013 aboard his 50-foot yacht in California’s Santa Cruz harbor.
Ticelman’s lawyer Gerald Christensen said, “We’ve always said the case actually is an involuntary manslaughter, that it was an accidental overdose and a subsequent panic and a failure to call 911. I think she has tremendous amount of relief that this ordeal is closing.”
In court he said, “We want to convey a sincere apology to the Hayes family. This was an accident and a panic, and she is so, so sorry.”
Tichelman will get credit for time already served.