ADA — A Pontotoc County man was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison for giving a lethal designer drug cocktail to two college students.
Cody Weddle, 22, was sentenced in Pontotoc County on two counts of second-degree murder, conspiracy to distribute a synthetic controlled substance and distribution of a synthetic controlled substance in the deaths of Andrew Steven Akerman, 22, of Konawa, and his girlfriend, Anastasia “Stacy” Jewell, 22, of Ada.
He was sentenced to 20 years for each charge, with 10 years suspended. All the sentences will run concurrently, said Kevin Turney, Pontotoc County deputy court clerk.
Akerman and Jewell and six others ingested bromo-dragonfly at a party May 7, 2011. Jewell died hours after ingesting the hallucinogenic drug and Akerman died six days later after he was put in a medically induced coma.
Bromo-dragonfly is now a Schedule I drug in Oklahoma.
Weddle bought the synthetic drug online and shared it with Jewell and Akerman to sell at the party north of Konawa, according to court records. Six others at the party were hospitalized after the drug caused severe vomiting and seizures but have since recovered.
Jewell was an art student and Akerman was a computer science student at East Central University.
Both had been charged with drug-related offenses in the past, court records show. Jewell was charged in 2009 with possession of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school and/or park and maintaining a place for keeping and selling controlled substances. Pottawatomie County officials said Akerman is a 2008 Drug Court graduate, which expunged his record of a minor drug case.