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Minnesota man sentenced in synthetic drug death

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May 30, 2012 at 6:27 am

ANOKA, MN (AP) - A Minnesota man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for providing a synthetic drug that killed a 19-year-old at a Blaine party last year.

Twenty-two-year-old Timothy LaMere expressed remorse Tuesday and said he wished he could turn back the clock.

In March, LaMere pleaded guilty to third-degree unintentional murder.

Trevor Robinson died at a hospital after taking the drug, identified as 2C-E, at the March 2011 party. Ten others who took it also became ill.

The case spurred calls for tougher laws against synthetic drugs. The Star Tribune (http://bit.ly/KPOxvC) reports federal prosecutors also put pressure on local prosecutors to seek a tough sentence.

The U.S. attorney's office had told Anoka County prosecutors that it might pursue federal charges, which could carry stiffer penalties, if a deal wasn't reached.

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