An Independence man was sentenced in federal court Monday for his role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, which resulted in the death of a woman. Nickalus Peterson, 29, will spend the next two decades in prison without parole. He pleaded guilty in December of 2011 to participating in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and money-laundering. Court records accuse Peterson of supplying Miranda McClintock with meth, which she ingested following a traffic stop near Warrensburg in February 2007. While in jail, McClintock developed a medical emergency and was transported to a hospital, where she later died. An autopsy determined McClintock died from methamphetamine toxicity as a result of ingesting multiple baggies of the drug.
Peterson also pleaded guilty to a separate indictment that charges him with illegally possessing a firearm.
Co-defendant Billy Garrison, 40, of Independence, pleaded guilty to his role in the drug-trafficking conspiracy and awaits sentencing. Co-defendants James Cates, 28, of Liberty and Heather Burkhart, 33, of Independence, also pleaded guilty to their roles in the conspiracy and have been sentenced.