TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A southwest Florida couple has been sentenced to federal prison for the drug overdose death of their teenage son.
A federal judge in Tampa sentenced 37-year-old Billy Jack Courtright on Thursday to 27 years in prison for distributing oxycodone to his stepson, 15-year-old Nicholas Block. The boy's mother, 37-year-old Linda Courtright, received 15 years for the same charge.
North Port police responded to a 911 call in June 2009 at a Budget Inn Motel, where officers found Block dead. The teen's siblings - ages 10, 9 and 7 - had woke up in the room and saw Block with foam on his mouth. Authorities say the couple had been snorting oxycodone with the teen the previous night.
The Courtrights were also ordered to pay $4,430 in restitution for Block's funeral costs.