The Iowa Court of Appeals on Wednesday affirmed a Davenport woman’s conviction on involuntary manslaughter and drug charges.
Carrie Joan Hoon, 54, was sentenced March 2, 2011, in Scott County District Court, Davenport, to 10 years in prison for possession with intent to deliver and a consecutive five-year term for involuntary manslaughter for a total of 15 years behind bars.
A jury found her guilty on those charges after prosecutors showed she provided methadone to her niece, 21-year-old Jennifer Hoon, on March 5, 2009, a day before her niece was found dead. An autopsy indicated she died of a methadone overdose.
Carrie Hoon appealed her conviction, arguing that her act of supplying methadone pills to her niece was not done with willful disregard of the consequences, the appellate court decision states.
At the time of her death, Jennifer Hoon suffered from depression and had a “serious substance abuse problem,” the decision states.
In its ruling, the appellate court determined “the high degree of danger posed by the delivery of methadone pills to her already ‘messed up’ niece should have been readily apparent to a reasonable person.”