Justice Scale

A Franklin County woman accused of stealing the prescription pills from her former employer that caused her husband to overdose was handed probation Tuesday.

Amy K. Bacon, 38, was given five years supervised imposition of sentence in exchange for a guilty plea for first-degree involuntary manslaughter in the death of Marion “Ricky” Bacon Jr.

Bacon also was ordered to pay a $50 fine for each of four counts of misdemeanor stealing. She appeared in front of Circuit Judge Craig Hellmann.

“This wasn’t something she needed to go to prison for, but she needed to be punished for her husband’s death,” said Franklin County Prosecutor Robert Parks.

Amy Bacon was indicted by a Franklin County grand jury November 2017, according to court records.

Authorities allege that on Aug. 24, 2017, Amy Bacon “recklessly caused the death” of her husband by giving him prescription medication she had stolen for him.

Investigation

According to the probable cause statement filed by Washington police, Marion Bacon was found unresponsive by Amy Bacon at 1:19 p.m. Aug. 25 at their former home in Southwinds Circle Apartments. He was pronounced dead by Washington Ambulance paramedics.

Authorities said Amy Bacon stated she last saw her husband sleeping on a couch at 8:30 a.m. when she went to bed. She told police Marion Bacon was not on any prescription medication but was an opiate addict, with a preference for Percocet.

Amy Bacon allegedly stated her husband had taken numerous gabapentin pain pills prescribed to her.

While searching the home, Washington police found multiple medications with labels showing they came from Grandview Healthcare Center where Amy Bacon was employed.

A medical examiner requested the body be transported to the St. Louis County Morgue for autopsy, which revealed Marion Bacon’s cause of death was sertraline intoxication.

Sertraline, with a brand name of Zoloft, is used to treat major depressive disorders.

Investigators seized blister packs of pills, various other pills and a bottle of lidocaine, a topical medication used for numbing. The blister pack pills were prescribed to residents of Grandview Healthcare Center. Many of the packages had the names of the residents on the labels. Some of the labels had been ripped off, according to Washington police.

Three owners of the medication had been identified as previous or current residents of Grandview Healthcare Center. The lidocaine bottle was identified as property of the nursing facility, the probable cause statement reads.

According to Washington police, Amy Bacon admitted to stealing medication from Grandview Healthcare Center to self-treat her husband for depression to “get him better.”

Amy Bacon told police Marion Bacon had been an opiate addict for about two years. She stated the only medication she used was lidocaine for a toothache.

Court records state Amy Bacon now lives in Union.

Under the terms of her probation, Amy Bacon was ordered to have a substance abuse evaluation. If she completes the terms of her probation, the charge will not appear on her record.