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Woman pleads guilty to manslaughter, avoiding drug-induced homicide charge

Terrance T. Watson and Ashley N. Farkosh.
Terrance T. Watson and Ashley N. Farkosh.

A woman has pleaded guilty and is back in custody on charges stemming from the drug-related death of a Fairview Heights woman.

Authorities say Ashley Farkosh, of O’Fallon, and a man provided drugs to Jessica Marten, who later died in 2012.

jessica marten
Jessica Marten Provided

On Thursday, Farkosh, 30, pleaded guilty to two of the five charges originally filed against her: involuntary manslaughter and intent to deliver a controlled substance. In exchange, charges of drug-induced homicide, delivering a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance are expected to be dropped at sentencing Feb. 22.

She had been out of custody pending her trial, but she was returned to custody after pleading guilty. On Friday she was at the St. Clair County Jail pending sentencing.

Police have said that Farkosh and Terrance Watson supplied drugs, including fentanyl, to a woman in the Winchester Place complex in Fairview Heights in December 2012. The woman died as a result.

In 2015, three years after the woman died, Farkosh and Watson were arrested.

Watson, of Madison, pleaded guilty in May 2016 to possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. He was sentenced to four years in prison and, as of Friday, was at Pinckneyville Correctional Center.