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Grover Beach man sentenced for giving methadone to teen sister, who died

Theo Evan Macey, 27, of Grover Beach was arrested Friday, Nov. 4, 2011, on suspicion of furnishing a controlled substance to a minor. Original story »
Theo Evan Macey, 27, of Grover Beach was arrested Friday, Nov. 4, 2011, on suspicion of furnishing a controlled substance to a minor. Original story »

A Grover Beach man accused of giving methadone to his half sister, who then died of a drug overdose, received a sentence of 91 days' credit for time already served in San Luis Obispo County Jail.

Theo Evan Macey, 27, was sentenced last week by Judge Michael Duffy on the recommendation of the San Luis Obispo County Probation Department. Macey had entered a plea of no contest to child endangerment charges.

The 17-year-old girl died May 25 while visiting Macey at a Nipomo residence where he was staying with his girlfriend.

Macey also had faced a charge of furnishing methadone to a minor. But that charge was dropped as part of the plea agreement.

“My client will be guilt-ridden for the rest of his life,” said Ilan Funke-Bilu, Macey’s attorney. “He loved his sister. He’s both the defendant and the victim as well. His sister was the most precious thing in his life. The last person he’d hurt is her.”

According to the Sheriff’s Office report, the 17-year-old Arroyo Grande girl died of a multiple drug overdose at a home on Amado Street. The Sheriff’s Office said she had a combination of prescription drugs and methadone in her body.

Funke-Bilu said it was unclear to him how specifically she might have died and what drug may have played a direct role.

“I don’t know if there was enough there to convict him, but in his mind he feels that he could have done more, and I respect that,” Funke-Bilu said. “It was just a real unfortunate, tragic series of events.”

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