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McNeer gets 10 years on charge in meth death case

Published: Monday, June 30, 2014 11:07 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014 11:29 a.m. CDT

Matthew A. McNeer, 29, of Newton has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to a Class C felony possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver charge in connection with the death of Steven Petro, who died after purchasing meth from McNeer.

McNeer also was sentenced June 20 to pay $16,232.18 in restitution to Petro’s wife and a $1,000 fine plus court costs. He is scheduled to appear in court on a second charge in the case — involuntary manslaughter — at 9:30 a.m. July 21.

Newton police responded to a report of an unresponsive male, identified as Petro, at 3:55 a.m. Feb. 5 at 213 W. Third St. S. in Newton. During an investigation, authorities determined McNeer allegedly provided less than a gram of meth to Petro in exchange for Vicodin pills shortly before Petro was found unresponsive by his wife, according to a news release from the Newton Police Department. Petro was treated at a Des Moines hospital but died the day after he was found.

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