The East Hampton man who was arrested last year after nearly 10 years on the lam, was sentenced Tuesday to at least four years in prison in 2002 overdose death of 16-year-old Makayla Korpinen.
Jason Nedobity was charged more than 10 years ago with negligent homicide and sale of a hallucinogenic, but fled the state while those charges were pending. Police said he led a nomadic life during that time, traveling across the country and attending grunge music festivals.
His disappearance prompted a national police hunt for a time and his case was featured on the television show "America's Most Wanted." He eventually turned himself into police about a year ago and pleaded guilty this past January.
Makayla, a sophomore at died at Connecticut Children's Medical Center on May 21, 2002, after taking the drug Ecstasy at the Nedobity home at 62 Haddam Neck Road with Jason Nedobity, his brother, Joseph Nedobity and a friend on May 17, 2002. It was the first death in Connecticut linked to Ecstasy.
Joseph Nedobity, Makayla's boyfriend, was sentenced in May of 2006 to five years in prison for his role in Makayla's death. His sentence was suspended after 30 months and two years probation. He had entered into a plea deal with prosecutors under which he pleaded no contest to a reduced charge of criminally negligent homicide and to a prior third-degree burglary charge.
Jason Nedobity's sentencing includes a one-year prison term on the misdemeanor charge of negligent homicide and 10 years on the felony charge of sale of a hallucinogenic, suspended after he serves four years.
He was sentenced in Middletown Superior Court. Makayla's family attended the court proceeding and the girl's mother, Catherine, gave emotional testimony on how Makayla's death has impacted the family, according to the Hartford Courant.