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Millersville man sentenced to 15 years in jail in overdose death of 16-year-old

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Posted at 12:32 PM, Feb 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-18 12:32:28-05

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — A 46-year-old Millersville man was sentenced to 15 years in prison in the overdose death of 16-year-old Josiah Klaes.

Klaes died from the lethal drugs Jason Patton Baker knowingly sold to the minor, officials said.

Baker was found guilty back in December on one count of involuntary manslaughter, distribution of fentanyl, reckless endangerment and other lesser charges.

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“Tragically, the opioid epidemic has stolen the life of another young person from our community. Baker, an adult, willfully sold illegal substances to a minor which led to his death and because of that, Baker will be in prison and unable to sell deadly drugs to people and hurt other families,” said Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Anne Colt Leitess in a statement.

Anne Arundel Police were called to the 8200 block of Kramer Court in Glen Burnie on Jan. 19, 2018 and found Klaes in cardiac arrest. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

Klaes’ brother told police he had bought marijuana from a man later identified as Baker. A friend told police he saw Baker and Klaes make several drug deals of heroin and marijuana.

Police also found texts between the two about the drug deals and in one text Klaes said he was 16.

Baker was arrested on Feb. 3, 2018.