Woman who bought heroin used in fatal overdose ‘remorseful beyond words'

Woman sentenced in court following husband's heroin overdose

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - A Kent County woman who provided the heroin used in her husband’s fatal overdose told a judge she is “remorseful beyond words’’ for her involvement in the May, 2016 death.

“I grieve my husband’s death every day and every night,’’ Bonnie Lee Price, 43, said at her sentencing Thursday. “I made horrible choices; I am remorseful beyond words.’’

Her husband, 34-year-old Joshua David Price, died from a heroin injection delivered at their home near Cedar Springs. He is one of at least 17 people who died in Kent County last year from a heroin overdose.

A mutual friend of the couple, Jordan-Luke Vandenbosch, was sentenced last week to between 7 and 21 years in prison for delivery of a controlled substance causing death. Police say he injected the fatal dose.

Kent County Circuit Court Judge Dennis Leiber sentenced Price to between 2 and 20 years for delivery of heroin and 2 to 4 years for tampering with evidence. The sentences will run concurrent.

“You purchased this drug and syringes, you brought it to the home and you were there when this drug was administered,’’ Leiber said. “Now it’s true you didn’t mix it, cook it or inject it, but the analogy to me would be that you bought the pistol, loaded the weapon and gave it to your co-defendant to accomplish the deed.’’

Defense attorney Michael A. Liquigli said his client is a recovering addict who remained clean and sober for nine years until her husband “fell off the wagon,’’ at which point she also returned to heroin.

Bonnie Price was active in Narcotics Anonymous, a 12-step recovery program. She sponsored recovering addicts and spoke at meetings across the state, Liquigli said.

As Joshua Price slipped in and out of consciousness and struggled to breathe, his last moments were recorded by his wife.

Bonnie Price made the recording to show him “this is what happens when you do this drug,’’ Liquigli said.

“That was taped so she could show him that tape when he came to so that he could learn from this experience and not do this sort of thing again,’’ he said.

After recording the events, Bonnie Price called friends looking for Narcan, an overdose reversal drug, before eventually calling 911.  

Kent County investigators say Vandenbosch cleaned up drugs and drug paraphernalia while waiting for rescuers to arrive.

They also tossed Joshua Price’s cell phone into a trash bin at a Meijer store on Alpine Avenue NW to get rid of suspected text messages about illegal drugs, court documents show.

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