Man sentenced after father-in-law dies in drug test scam

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -

A 35-year-old man has been sentenced to prison after his father-in-law died while taking methadone to help the younger man cheat on a drug test.

Justin Jones, of Baldwin City was sentenced Friday to four years in prison for involuntary manslaughter in the September 2017 death of 47-year-old Eric Everts, of Baldwin City.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports Jones pleaded guilty in January to involuntary manslaughter and distribution of methadone.

Everts was found dead at his Baldwin City home in September 2017.

As part of his treatment for drug addiction, Jones was required to turn in urine samples containing nothing but methadone, which treats opioid addiction.

Baldwin City investigators said in an affidavit that for months Everts took methadone and provided otherwise clean urine samples, which Jones submitted as his own.

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