KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — An appeals court has upheld a life sentence for a man who was blamed for the drug-related death of another man in the Kalamazoo area.

The federal court says the sentence is “severe and perhaps even misguided as a matter of criminal justice policy” but still constitutional.

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Steve Whyte was accused of providing heroin that caused the fatal overdose of Adam Boomers in 2016. He denied the allegation and claimed he was set up by a different drug dealer in the Kalamazoo area.

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The government’s trial witnesses included a man who said he served as the conduit between Whyte and Boomers.

Prior convictions enhanced Whyte’s sentence in federal court.

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