MOUNT VERNON — Placed in a cell with his friend Warren Taylor, Dennis Banbury decided to share some of the drugs he’d smuggled into the Knox County Jail.
On June 3, 2017, those drugs gave Taylor a fatal overdose.
Banbury, 39, Mount Vernon, was sentenced Friday by Knox County Common Pleas Court Judge Richard Wetzel to seven years in prison on charges of involuntary manslaughter, corrupting another with drugs and illegal conveyance of drugs of abuse onto the grounds of a detention facility. Wetzel further sentenced Banbury to prison on a drug possession charge from a May 31, 2017, incident that is tied to Taylor’s overdose on June 3, 2017, running the time concurrent to the seven years in prison.
Banbury pleaded to the charges Friday, and asked to proceed directly to sentencing.
Taylor and Banbury were friends prior to finding themselves in jail together. In an emotional statement read by Taylor’s mother Friday in court, she said the two had been “drug buddies for years.” Taylor’s mother said she has since come to terms with her son using drugs. But, she asked why, on the day of the overdose, did Taylor take the drugs alone.