A 38-year-old Acton man was sentenced Friday, Dec. 18, to eight years in state prison for furnishing drugs, which ultimately caused a man to overdose.
Superior Court Judge Hayden Zacky imposed the term on Tommy Loaiza who was charged in the death of Kahlil Banks, 42.
Loaiza pleaded no contest Dec. 4 and admitted that he had a 1995 conviction for second-degree robbery, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Banks was found dead from an overdose May 21 at his apartment in the 28000 block of Sarabande Lane in Santa Clarita, authorities said.
Loaiza supplied heroin to Banks, then left him for dead after the man overdosed, according to Deputy District Attorney Jeffrey Illions.
Loaiza was arrested six days later after Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies saw him driving Banks’ Toyota Tacoma pickup truck, which had been missing.
Three other counts filed against Loaiza in May — murder, grand theft of an automobile and sale of heroin — were dismissed as a result of his plea.
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