May 20, 2014

Johnson County man sentenced to prison for witness tampering

Gary Sparks was found guilty of attempting to persuade a witness to lie during a drug investigation involving his daughter.

A Johnson County man was sentenced Tuesday to three years in prison for tampering with a witness in a federal drug case that targeted his daughter.

Gary Sparks, 61, of Edgerton tried to get a teen witness to lie, according to federal prosecutors. His daughter, Stacy Ashley, was accused of distributing Oxymorphone to a 20-year-old Garnett, Kan., man who died of an overdose in 2011.

Ashley pleaded guilty and was sentenced to five years in prison.

Tony Rizzo, trizzo@kcstar.com

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