A 22-year-old Midland man faces an agreed sentence of 23 years in federal prison after pleading guilty Thursday to his role in a woman’s methamphetamine intoxication death, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas.
Sandy Brooke Franklin died July 29 at Midland Memorial Hospital after exhibiting signs of illness while being held at Midland County jail for an outstanding warrant.
By pleading guilty, Zane Paul O’Neal admitted to giving Franklin about 3 grams of methamphetamine so she could hide it from law enforcement during a traffic stop on July 27, according to the release.
A recorded phone call from Franklin to O’Neal a few hours after her arrest revealed that he had given her the drug and told her to ingest it. He did not notify authorities of her condition, according to the release.
O’Neal remains in federal custody.