ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) – A man who pleaded guilty to providing a dose of illegal drugs that killed a University of Michigan music student has been sentenced to 5 to 20 years in prison.
20-year-old Brandon Phillips learned his punishment Thursday for selling heroin and cocaine to 20-year-old Bruce Ketterer. Phillips pleaded guilty in January to delivery of a controlled substance causing death.
Washtenaw Trial Court Judge Darlene O’Brien says Phillips got less time than sentencing guidelines suggest because he had no prior convictions as an adult or as a minor.
Ketterer was found dead by his roommates at their rented house on May 26.
Police said that Phillips made a remark to them that he wanted to become the go-to heroin dealer for University of Michigan students.