Convicted murderer Jarret McCasland sentenced to life in prison

Convicted murderer Jarret McCasland sentenced to life in prison

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A man convicted of second-degree murder for giving his girlfriend a deadly dose of heroin was sentenced to life in prison Friday.

Jarret McCasland, 26, of Denham Springs was found guilty in November by an East Baton Rouge Parish jury for his role in the death of his girlfriend in 2013.

Flavia Cardenas, 19, died from a heroin overdose in July 2013.

McCasland will serve a life sentence without the possibility of parole or probation.

The sentencing hearing was initially scheduled for January 11, but was delayed.

Judge Don Johnson handed down McCasland's sentence.

District Attorney Hillar Moore released a statement regarding the sentencing:

This is a defendant who has a history of dealing multiple substances in many parishes.  He continues to blame everyone but himself.  He has no remorse.  This case was fully litigated and all facts were presented to a jury of his peers.  All of his rights were fully protected.  He was well represented. It is a shame that he and his family seek to blame everyone for the consequences of his lengthy history of drug dealing, which resulted in the death of another.  His text messages before and after Flavia's death clearly show that he is a heroin dealer proud of the weight and strength of his deadly product, while having absolutely no remorse for the victim.

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