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Man Pleads Guilty in Girlfriend's Death

MIDLAND COUNTY, TX (KWES) -

22-year-old Zane O'Neal plead guilty in connection to the death of his girlfriend.

He faces up to 23 years in prison.

Back in July, O'Neal was pulled over for a traffic stop and arrested on outstanding warrants.

Midland County Sheriff Gary Painter says O'Neal handed Sandy Franklin some meth to swallow to hide from authorities.

Franklin was also arrested on two traffic warrants and was taken to jail.

Two days later, Painter says a deputy noticed she had red eyes and was shaking in her cell.

The medical staff called an ambulance.

Painter says during the ride to the hospital, Franklin admitted to take a large amount of meth before being arrested.

She later died at the hospital.

Court records show O'Neal admitted to giving her the meth and telling her to swallow it.

The documents say a recorded jail phone call showed Franklin called O'Neal and told him she had swallowed the meth, but he didn't tell anyone about her condition.

O'Neal's sentencing date has not been set. 

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