Prison term in party drug death
May 2, 2006
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. --One of the two men charged in the state's first Ecstasy drug death has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison.
Breaking News Alerts Joseph Nedobity, 23, of East Hampton was sentenced Monday in the death of 16-year-old Makayla Korpinen. The girl's death in May 2002 was the first in the state linked directly to an illicit party drug.
Nedobity, Korpinen's boyfriend, had faced a felony charge of first-degree manslaughter, but pleaded guilty in January to a reduced charge of criminally negligent homicide.
Police are still searching for 27-year-old Jason Nedobity, who allegedly supplied the Ecstasy. Officials said he took off after Korpinen's death.
According to a report by the state Child Fatality Review Panel, Makayla was at a house party in East Hampton with other teens on May 17, 2002 when she drank beer from a keg and took Ecstasy. She went into seizures and died in her mother's arms four days later of multiple organ failure and acute renal failure.
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