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Judge sentences Laramie man to 5 years in prison in heroin overdose death of friend

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CHEYENNE, Wyoming — A federal judge has sentenced a Laramie man to five years in prison for providing heroin that resulted in another man's fatal overdose last spring.

U.S. District Judge Alan B. Johnson of Cheyenne sentenced 25-year-old Kyle Adams on Friday.

Johnson accepted Adams' guilty plea to providing the heroin that resulted in the April 2013 death 25-year-old Kaleb Paul Skog in Laramie. Adams and Skog were roommates and friends.

Defense lawyer David Weiss told Johnson that Adams earlier had become addicted to prescription painkillers. Weiss said Adams later started buying heroin in Denver.

Johnson said Skog had lived with pain from cystic fibrosis and other issues. Skog was an honors graduate from the University of Wyoming.

Johnson said he hopes others will heed the warning that heroin took Skog's life.

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