Arcade man sentenced to prison for overdose death


WARSAW — An Arcade who refused to call for help for an overdose victim and then ran when first responders arrived was sentenced to a state prison term Monday in Wyoming County Court.

Jacob E. Putnam, 29, of Michigan Road was sentenced to 1 1/3 to four years in prison.

Putnam in February pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide for the Jan. 11 death of a woman at his house.

Putnam was arrested after he ran from the house as first responders arrived for a report of an overdose.

Deputies caught Putnam and found he was in possession of “multiple drugs and drug paraphernalia, along with an imitation handgun.”

The investigation began with a call reporting a possible overdose at 6070 Michigan Rd. Deputies, along with crews from Monroe and Arcade ambulances responded and found a 23-year-old woman dead inside.

The investigation revealed Putnam refused to call 911 for help when the woman stopped breathing. A third party eventually called after driving to the scene to help Putnam.

Putnam was charged with criminally negligent homicide, fourth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, obstruction of governmental administration and resisting arrest.

Putman also has three felony cases pending in Erie County Court: a burglary charge and two criminal possession of stolen property charges, Assistant District Attorney Gregory Kilburn said.

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