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Western District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 26, 2015

Midland Men Sentenced to Federal Prison in Connection with Death of 19-Year-Old Haley Kemp

In Midland today, 53-year-old Robert Aiken and 28-year-old Christopher Everett Snyder were sentenced to 20 years and 12 years, respectively, in federal prison for their roles in the death of 19-year-old Haley Kemp last year announced Acting United States Attorney Richard L. Durbin, Jr., Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Will Glaspy, Midland Police Chief Price Robinson and Midland County Sheriff Gary Painter.

In addition to the prison term, United States District Judge Robert A. Junell ordered that Aiken and Snyder be placed on supervised release for a period of three years after completing their prison terms.

On November 20, 2014, Aiken pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of methamphetamine and heroin.  Snyder pleaded guilty to the same charge on December 11, 2014.  By pleading guilty, the defendants admitted that while at Aiken’s residence on May 30, 2014, Aiken provided methamphetamine to both Kemp and Snyder and heroin to Snyder.  According to court records, Haley Kemp died in the residence during the early morning hours of May 31, 2014, as a result of a heroin overdose.  Both admitted to unsuccessfully attempting to revive Kemp before dumping her body in a remote part of Midland County.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration together with the Midland Police Department and the Midland County Sheriff’s Office.  Assistant United States Attorneys John Klassen and Brandi Young prosecuted this case on behalf of the Government.

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated February 26, 2015