Wolfson may appeal sentencing

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 22, 2002

The wife of an Ironton attorney was sentenced Wednesday to three years community controlled sanctions under intensive supervised probation for her part in the death of her husband's client.

Mary Wolfson will not have to serve time in prison unless she violates the terms of her sanctions.

In sentencing her, Lawrence County Common Pleas Judge Frank McCown ordered Wolfson to undergo six months in a community based corrections facility.

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Ohio's facility for women is in Lisbon.

Wolfson yesterday asked for appellate counsel, which indicates she may seek to have McCown's decision overturned.

Wolfson pled guilty last month to obstruction of justice, one of two charges against her in connection with the death of Eric Deere, of Ironton. A charge of tampering with evidence was dismissed.

Meanwhile, Wolfson's husband, attorney Richard Wolfson, faces obstruction of justice and tampering with evidence charges, both third-degree felonies. A pretrial hearing for him is scheduled for Friday. No trial date has been scheduled.

On March 23 of this year, Eric Deer, 24, died after receiving a fatal dose of Fentanyl, a synthetic morphine patch. The younger Deer died in the Park Avenue law office/home of the Wolfsons.

Deer's father, Gerald Deer, along with the Wolfsons, were indicted in

connection with his death April 12. Gerald Deer pleaded guilty in late June to corrupting another with drugs and involuntary manslaughter, both second-degree felonies, and will spend eight years in prison for his part in the death of his son. He was also fined $7,500. Teresa Moore/The Ironton Tribune