Chicago man convicted for heroin, fentanyl death in oil patch gets 30 years

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WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — A Chicago man convicted by a jury of distributing heroin and fentanyl that caused the death of a man in the North Dakota oil patch has been sentenced in federal court.

U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland says 39-year-old Yancey Myers must spend 30 years in prison and serve three years of supervised release for the death of 23-year-old Conor Volz, of Williston.

Authorities say Myers conspired with others to distribute heroin in the Williston area beginning in 2016 and continuing until Volz died in May 2017.

Prosecutors had asked for a sentence of life in prison, citing the financial motivation behind Myers' dealing and the "callousness of his concern for the safety" of people who bought the drugs.

Defense attorney Theodore Sandberg has filed a notice to appeal the sentence.