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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Kansas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 16, 2014

Johnson County Woman Sentenced To 5 Years In Fatal Prescription Drug Overdose

KANSAS CITY, KAN. A Johnson County woman was sentenced Wednesday to five years in federal prison in connection with the death of a 20-year-old man who died from a prescription drug overdose, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

Stacy Ashley, 37, Edgerton, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of distributing oxymorphone, a prescription painkiller.

In her plea, she admitted that on July 30, 2011, she distributed oxymorphone and amphetamine to the victim, resulting in his death. The victim also obtained oxycodone, morphine and alprazolam from co-defendant Tammy Redel. He crushed up several pills obtained from the two women and snorted the drugs. He drifted in and out of consciousness throughout the evening before police and emergency medical personnel were called.

Co-defendant Tammy Redel is awaiting sentencing.

Grissom commended the Garnett Police Department, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and Assistant U.S. Attorney Sheri McCracken for their work on the case.