BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A Baton Rouge man has been sentenced to serve six years without probation or parole for distribution of heroin and negligent homicide.
Brandon Eirick was arrested after his girlfriend, 31-year-old Leah Hutchinson, died in December 2013 from a heroin overdose.
The couple was found passed out in a car in the 6900 block of Florida Blvd. on December 18, 2013. They both lived at an apartment complex off North Sherwood Forest Drive in Baton Rouge.
In April 2014, a Grand Jury failed returned an indictment for second-degree murder, but did return indictments for manslaughter and possession of heroin.
On Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, Eirick accepted a plea to negligent homicide, a lesser charge than manslaughter, and distribution of heroin, an increased charge from possession.
Eirick was sentenced to five years in prison for the negligent homicide charge and was given credit for time served. A judge then handed down a 20 year sentence for the heroin conviction. All but six of those 20 years were suspended.
Eirick must serve the six years without probation or parole.