SANFORD - A tree trimmer has been sentenced to 60 days in jail after a jury downgraded charges and convicted him of a misdemeanor in the fatal drug and alcohol overdose of his girlfriend, a teenage stripper.
William Aponte, 43, was charged with felony manslaughter, which carried a possible 15-year sentence, in the death of Danielle Quinn, 19. The jury found him guilty Friday of misdemeanor culpable negligence.
Aponte drove Quinn to Central Florida Regional Hospital's emergency room but left her without giving doctors any information about Quinn's condition or name, police said. She died minutes later on Nov. 27, 2001.
She had taken cocaine, heroin, the anti-anxiety drug Xanax and the club drug Ecstasy, an autopsy determined. Aponte admitted giving her cocaine and alcohol but said he had nothing to do with the other drugs.
Officers said they found about a quarter of an ounce of cocaine packaged for sale in Aponte's pocket when they arrested him. He remains in the Seminole County Jail awaiting trial on the cocaine possession charge.
SANTA ROSA, Calif. - A drug overdose killed the son of a prominent developer, according to Sonoma County Coroner's Sgt. Will Wallman.
Michael Behring, 52, died Nov. 18 in police custody after being arrested in Santa Rosa. The coroner's report indicated he had a lethal amount of methamphetamine in his body.
Behring was the son of Ken Behring, a former owner of the Seattle Seahawks and the developer of the exclusive Blackhawk subdivision in Contra Costa County.
Sheriff's deputies stopped Behring after seeing his car weaving on Highway 101. He was arrested after officers found a warrant charging him with failing to appear in a Contra Costa County court on a traffic violation.
At the jail, a nurse recommended that he be taken to the hospital. He died at Sutter Medical Center about three hours after his arrest.
Tests showed he had 26.8 micrograms per liter of the drug in his blood, Wallman said. The drug becomes potentially lethal at 0.2 to 0.6 micrograms per liter, he said.