Jail sentence for drug-induced murder in Chicago: Chiristopher Paulus faces seven years in prison for the death of Josh Bloomfield, a man he met in rehab, for a drug overdose
A 33-year-old Chicago man was sentenced Friday to seven years in prison for the death of a man he met in drug rehab who sold a lethal dose of narcotics.
Christopher Paulus pleaded guilty to drug-induced homicide charges.
Joshua Bloomfield, 29, died in his Edgewater apartment of toxicity from alcohol and a cocktail of drugs such as heroin, fentanyl, methamphetamine and clonazepam, according to the Cook County’s coroner’s office.
Bloomfield planned to buy heroin from Paul the day before his death, according to Cook County prosecutors.
They said cell phone recordings showed Paul went to Bloomfield’s house on the night of May 27, 2019 and stayed there until 3:30 a.m. the next day.
After that, Bloomfield texted Paul saying he believed he paid too much for the drugs Paul sold him, according to prosecutors, and Paulus told Bloomfield it was the right amount and that he had given him the right change.
Joshua Bloomfield and his mother Sylvia Schäfer. Provided
Bloomfield’s husband, who was out of town, returned that day and found him dead on the bathroom floor. The public prosecutor said there was a syringe in the sink.
When Paul was convicted, Cook County judge Peggy Chiampas told him there was an opportunity to change his life and encouraged him to use the drug rehabilitation services in the prison.
Paul’s attorney previously told the judge that his client would never have deliberately sold a lethal dose to Bloomfield.
Bloomfield’s mother, Sylvia Schafer, persuaded Chicago police to investigate her son’s death as a homicide after the Cook County’s office classified his death as an accident. Schäfer declined to comment on the condemnation of Paul.
“Drug dealers carry out a systematic execution for acquiring these illegal drugs,” said Theresa Almanza, a retired Chicago police officer whose 18-year-old stepdaughter, Sydney Scherger, died in 2015 of an overdose.
Retired Chicago policewoman Theresa Almanza, along with her husband John Minions, successfully urged that police further investigate the drug-induced death of their 18-year-old stepdaughter Sydney Minions in 2015. She commended the police and prosecutors on a similar case “for the indictment of Christopher Paulus in the murder of Joshua Bloomfield
In that case, Midlothian’s Brent Tyssen was sentenced to six years in prison for drug-induced homicide in 2018 after Almanza urged police – who initially dropped their investigations without charge – to look into Scherger’s drug-induced death.
“We’re not going to sit idle as record numbers of children are being poisoned,” said Almanza. “We are grateful to the Chicago Police Department and the Cook County Attorney’s Office for prosecuting Christopher Paulus for the murder of Joshua Bloomfield.”