Nevada man tied to suicide sentenced for smuggling

Oct 26, 2012, 6:10 PM

McALLEN, Texas (AP) – A Nevada man suspected of helping a woman commit suicide in Mexico in 2009 has been sentenced to six years in federal prison for trying to smuggle a powerful sedative into the United States.

Jeff Ostfeld of Las Vegas was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty last year to one count of importing a controlled substance. Authorities allege the 36-year-old Ostfeld bought pentobarbital in Mexico and intended to use it for assisted suicides. The drug is used in Texas executions.

Ostfeld was charged days after the ashes of 29-year-old Jennifer Yolanda Malone were spread in her home state of Oregon. She was found dead in a hotel room in Nuevo Progreso, Mexico, near the border crossing where Ostfeld was stopped.

The judge said he sentenced Ostfeld on guidelines for voluntary manslaughter.

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Nevada man tied to suicide sentenced for smuggling