Adults Sentenced In Teenager Girl’s Helium Death

MEDFORD, Ore. (March 6, 2013)--A man and woman who threw a party for teenagers that included alcohol and marijuana will spend time behind bars for their roles in the death of an Oregon girl who died after inhaling helium.

The two adults dropped their not guilty pleas Tuesday in Jackson County Circuit Court in Medford, Ore., on criminal charges stemming from the 2012 death of Ashley Long, 14.

Katherine McAloon, 28, was sentenced to 28 months in prison and Richard Mowery, 33, was sentenced to 90 days in jail and $10,000 restitution.

The girl’s mother, Lori Earp, showed the courtroom a lock of hair she said was all she had left of her daughter.

Stepfather Justin Earp described Ashley as a bright and compassionate girl who wanted to be a marine biologist.


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