Lake City man sentenced to life for overdose death


A Lake City man received a life sentence on Tuesday for his role in supplying illegal narcotics resulting in the death of a woman in August 2020.

Christopher Jones

According to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) release, Christopher Jones was sentenced to life stemming from An Aug. 14, 2020 incident where CCSO deputies responded to a residence in Columbia County and found an unresponsive woman. Emergency responders transported the woman to the hospital where she was pronounced deceased.

A preliminary examination revealed the woman died of a possible overdose, leading CCSO detectives – working with state and federal law enforcement personnel — to a year-long investigation. The evidence culminated in the arrest of Jones and Rosandra Crusaw on July 21, 2021.

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“This is a landmark conviction in our area,” Sheriff Mark Hunter said in a statement. “Mr. Jones will spend the rest of his life in prison and will no longer be able to cause harm in our community. I commend our detectives and law enforcement partners who stayed the course during this complex investigation as well as our State Attorney’s Office who pursued justice on behalf of the victim and her family in this case.”

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