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ALLEGAN COUNTY -- An emotional hearing in Allegan County court Friday. A man was sentenced to prison for causing his buddy to overdose on drugs and then not calling for help once the man stopped breathing.
The victim's mother says she forgives the man who did it, as the family tries to move on without a loved one.
Over the last few months, there's been gut-wrenching pain for Teri Haynes. Haynes keeps the remains of her son, Shawn Robbins, in a small black box. The past few months, she says her son's ashes go with her everywhere she goes.
"It's real hard because nobody in the world will ever know. You lose your parents, you hurt. But when you lose your child of 25 years, nobody knows how that feels," Haynes said.
After traveling from North Carolina to Michigan for the hearing, she says Shawn's ashes had to be with her.
"My son needed to be there. This was for him, it wasn't for me," Haynes said.
Robbins was killed back in September of last year at this apartment in Wayland. One of his friends, John Sullivan, shot him up with too much heroin. Police said Sullivan was also responsible for Robbins death because he didn't call for help for 45 minutes.
"I didn't mean for Shawn to die," Sullivan said.
He told Robbins family members it was a mistake.
"It was four people who went out. It was drugs and alcohol and it went wrong, terribly wrong. It's something I can't take back," Sullivan said.
Sullivan was told by the judge to clean up his act in prison, to learn from his mistakes, and to steer clear of alcohol and drug abuse. He'll serve 4 to 15 years for involuntary manslaughter as part of a plea agreement in the case.
"I'm sorry. I'm very sorry because this wasn't supposed to happen," Sullivan said.
The family accepted the sentence.
"I'm OK with it. I don't hate John. I just don't want him to do it to anybody else," Haynes said.
Police said Sullivan shot up Robbins with heroin perhaps as many as six times in a couple hours. Detectives at one time believed Sullivan had several motives to kill Robbins, including robbery.
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