Former murder suspect sentenced to 10.5 years for distributing meth

Former murder suspect sentenced to 10.5 years for distributing meth

A Spokane man who was unanimously found not guilty for the murder of a 2-year-old girl last year was sentenced to 10.5 years in prison Wednesday for distributing methamphetamine.

34-year-old Jason Obermiller pleaded guilty in April to distributing and conspiring to distribute 50 grams or more of a mixture of a substance containing meth.

Obermiller was on trial in 2017 for the murder of Adalynn Hoyt, the daughter of his former girlfriend, Lovina Rainey. He was unanimously found not guilty of second-degree murder by the jury.

In September of 2016, Obermiller distributed substances containing detectable amounts of meth. He did so after he had absconded from court supervision stemming from a bank fraud conspiracy conviction.

“Prosecuting drug crimes continues to be a priority for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Washington,” said Joseph H. Harrington, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington. “Drug traffickers should be aware that there are serious criminal penalties connected with possessing with the intent to distribute any drug and that this Office is committed to prosecuting aggressively drug cases in the Eastern District of Washington.”