EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) -- A federal judge has sentenced a 43-year-old East St. Louis man to life in prison for selling the heroin that resulted in an overdose death.
The U.S. attorney's office says Tavis Doyle was sentenced Thursday after being convicted earlier this year of distribution of heroin resulting in death.
Authorities say Doyle sold heroin to Jonathan Ward, 30, of Effingham in May 2009. Witnesses testified that Doyle refused to let anyone call 911 after Ward collapsed and instead tried to revive him by putting frozen meat in his pants.
Ward wasn't taken to a hospital until 12 hours later. He was pronounced dead on arrival.