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Le Grand man sentenced for supplying pills in overdose

December 13, 2011
By ABIGAIL PELZER - Managing Editor ( , Times-Republican

A Le Grand man who traded oxycodone for pot was sentenced to eight years in federal prison for a drug deal that resulted in the death of a college student.

Scott Seward, 49, was charged with conspiracy to distribute oxycodone resulting in death following an investigation into the death of Mitch McCrink. McCrink, of Iowa City, died from an overdose of the pain killer in March 2010.

According to court documents Seward supplied oxycodone to Jay Haskell, 25, of Marshalltown in exchange for marijuana. Seward, who had a legal prescription for the drug to treat a medical condition, had such an arrangement with Haskell for years.

On March 11, 2010 Seward knowingly distributed oxycodone to Haskell for the redistribution to McCrink. The Kirkwood College student subsequently died of an overdose. An autopsy indicated that at the time of his death he had an oxycodone level approximately three times greater that the recommended therapeutic dosage.

Seward entered a guilty plea in March and was sentenced on Monday, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.

Seward is also sentenced to serve three years of supervised release following his imprisonment and to pay $100 to the Crime Victims Fund.

Haskell was sentenced to eight years in prison in November.



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