A western Pennsylvania man has been sentenced to one to five years in prison for helping a woman purposely overdose on prescription medications then slowing the police response to ensure she'd die.
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Thirty-one-year-old Brandon Lee Crowe, of Arnold, was sentenced Monday after acknowledging that he helped 39-year-old Julie Madeley take a fatal dose of antipsychotic medication at her Indiana County home. She died hours later at a Pittsburgh hospital on March 28.
District Attorney Patrick Dougherty says Crowe interfered when a state trooper arrived with Madeley's daughter to check on her. Crowe repeatedly told police Madeley wasn't home before troopers found her unconscious.
Crowe pleaded guilty in September to charges of aiding suicide and obstructing emergency services after prosecutors dropped charges that he took Madeley's jewelry and other items and planned to sell them.