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Man Sentenced for Moving Body of Drug Overdose Victim in Loudoun County

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    A Virginia man was sentenced to eight years in prison after he pleaded guilty to moving his friend's body after the friend overdosed on drugs in a hotel room. News4's David Culver reports. (Published Friday, Oct. 16, 2015)

    A man who pleaded guilty to dragging his friend's body out of a hotel room in Virginia after the friend overdosed on drugs was sentenced on Friday to eight years in prison.

    A federal judge said she hopes the sentence will send a message to drug dealers that they're responsible for calling for help if someone overdoses.

    Jason Laytham, 37, of Leesburg died in September 2014 after he overdosed on a mix of drugs including cocaine. His friend Jason Colley, 36, of Luray, sold Laytham and another man the drug in a hotel room in Ashburn, he said in a plea agreement this summer.

    After using the drugs, Laytham and the other man fell unconscious, the statement of facts said. Colley dragged Laytham's body out of the room and then called for help.

    When an EMS crew arrived, the other man was still unconscious in the hotel room. That man survived, but Laytham died.

    Colley admitted to selling the drug but stopped short of saying that's what killed his friend. He was sentenced on Friday for tampering with evidence by moving Laytham's body.

    Laytham was a Broad Run High School graduate who had a son and was engaged, his obituary said.

    Outside the courthouse on Friday, Laytham's sister Erika Potter said she's still seeking justice for her brother. She said she wants Colley to be charged with selling drugs.

    "It was my brother this time. It will be somebody else’s the next," she said.