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Lawrence man gets probation for giving drugs to teenager, causing overdose

A 56-year-old Lawrence man was sentenced to three years of probation for giving a teenager drugs that nearly killed him.

Dana Wingert pleaded no contest Wednesday to seven charges, including two counts of endangering a child.  He had previously pleaded not guilty and was scheduled to go to trial in October.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports a police affidavit says the boy and his 16-year-old friend passed out from a cocktail of drugs and alcohol they took at Wingert’s home on April 21.  Police were able to revive the 16-year-old but the 15-year-old was taken to a hospital in critical condition and placed on life support.

Cheryl Wright Kunard, assistant to the Douglas County district attorney, said Thursday she could not update the boy’s condition.

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