Overdose death nets 10-year sentence for Dallas dealer

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by REBECCA LOPEZ

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Posted on May 1, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 1 at 7:45 PM

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DALLAS — A woman was sentenced to 10 years in prison Wednesday for selling the drugs that led to the death of 19-year-old Matthew Allen.

Skyler Brandt pleaded guilty, but let a jury decide her sentence.

Brandt took the stand in her own defense and told jurors she would change, and — if given the opportunity — would never sell drugs again.

But prosecutors pointed out she was already on probation on a 20-year sentence for selling drugs when the Allen incident happened.

Allen died in August 2011 after he overdosed on ecstasy pills which Brandt had sold him.

Dallas police obtained a recorded phone call in which she admitted selling the drugs to Allen.

Allen had a seizure while at the nightspot called Club Afterlife on Northwest Highway. His friends drove him to Baylor University Medical Center, where he later died.

Dallas police arrested five other people in the case.

Allen’s mother Denise took the witness stand to face Brandt after she was sentenced.

"How could you do this?" she asked. "How could you sell the drugs that killed my son?"

Denise Allen conceded that her son wasn't innocent, and that he made a bad choice.

"I'm not saying he did not have faults; but your mistake and his cost him his life by you selling him that stuff," Allen said to Brandt. "And it was unfair, very unfair, and yes, you're right — I am very angry about it. I have to face this every day."

Brandt will have to finish serving her previous prison term along in addition to her new sentence.

Club Afterlife was eventually shut down by the City of Dallas for various violations, including selling drugs to underage teens.

E-mail rlopez@wfaa.com

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