Man sentenced to prison for failure to provide aid as friend overdosed

Staff report
Posted 9/6/18

William Nathan Hale, 37, was sentenced to four years in prison for leaving his friend, 25-year-old Natasha Rowley, as she died of a methamphetamine overdose on drugs which he brought with him to her …

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Man sentenced to prison for failure to provide aid as friend overdosed

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William Nathan Hale, 37, was sentenced to four years in prison for leaving his friend, 25-year-old Natasha Rowley, as she died of a methamphetamine overdose on drugs which he brought with him to her house.

On June 2, 2017 Hale had driven five hours from his home in Nebraska, to his friend's home in Arvada, to help her move. He brought 14 grams of methamphetamine with him. Hale and Rowley used methamphetamine together for several hours that night.

Evidence showed that in the early morning hours Rowley began to exhibit dangerous symptoms as a result of her methamphetamine consumption. According to the District Attorney's office, there was a three-hour time lapse during which she is clearly in medical distress and Hale does nothing. At 7:30 a.m. she was in the throes of a fatal overdose, moaning and gasping for air when Hale gathered his things and left the house. He made no attempt to render aid or call for assistance.

Hale told police that “he panicked and left.” He admitted to police that she was “in bad shape” and said that was why he left. Hale was arrested in Nebraska in December 2017.

“This was a heartless act,” said DA Pete Weir. “It is not as if Mr. Hale wasn't aware of what was happening. She was clearly dying of a drug overdose. If he had contacted emergency responders, Natasha might be alive today.”

Hale pleaded guilty to reckless manslaughter and distribution of a schedule II controlled substance on May 14. He was sentenced on Aug. 30.

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