Man Gets 15 Years for Party Death of Teen
NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — A Newton man who pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the November death of Mingo teen has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.
The Newton Daily News reports that 20-year-old Wyatt A. Franklin will serve five years for involuntary manslaughter and 10 years for possession of controlled substances. He was sentenced Monday in Jasper County District Court in Newton.
The manslaughter charge came after 19-year-old Shasta Sapp was found unresponsive in Colfax on Nov. 12, 2011, and later pronounced dead at the Newton hospital.
Sapp, Franklin and other friends were at a party the night before and she was left unattended after she passed out. Toxicology reports show she died of an overdose of oxymorphone, a narcotic pain medication.
At the sentencing Franklin apologized to Sapp's family.
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