A man who supplied chemicals to a clandestine drug laboratory in Van Nuys was sentenced Friday to 5 years in prison for his role in the deaths of two people asphyxiated by poisonous gases while making methamphetamine.
Russell Blackwood, 25, had faced second-degree murder charges but, in an agreement with prosecutors, pleaded guilty in August to two counts of involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of Christopher Richard Smith, 27, and Lisa Ann Cross, 20, both of Van Nuys.
Blackwood, of Vista in San Diego County, was sentenced to two 4-year terms for involuntary manslaughter and to a 5-year term for manufacturing methamphetamine. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Candace D. Cooper said Blackwood will serve the three sentences concurrently, meaning his maximum stay in prison will be 5 years.
3rd Man Died
Blackwood was not charged in the death of Christopher Smith's brother, David Michael Smith, who also was overcome by the deadly fumes during a botched attempt to produce methamphetamine in a duplex on Densmore Avenue.