A North Charleston man who admitted talking his brother into eating a fatal amount of cocaine in an attempt to hide it from police has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.
26-year-old Deangelo Mitchell pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and possession with intent to distribute Tuesday, according to state court records.
Back in November 2011, North Charleston police officers put Deangelo Mitchell and his younger brother 20-year-old Wayne Mitchell in the back of a police cruiser while authorities searched a car. Police say Deangelo pulled cocaine hidden inside his rear and gave it to his brother, telling him to eat it.
Wayne Mitchell suffered a seizure a few minutes later. The Charleston County Coroner’s Office said at the time that he died from acute cocaine toxicity.
Prosecutors shared dashcam video that showed Deangelo Mitchell telling his brother he could not afford another strike and needed his brother to eat the cocaine he had in his possession. Although both were handcuffed, the video shows Deangelo reaching behind himself and handing something to Wayne, who puts the object in his mouth.
Mitchell was given 15 years for possession with intent to distribute and 5 years for involuntary manslaughter, all of which will run concurrently.