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QUESTION: I was wondering whatever happened to the men that were arrested in connection with the death of William Kempton's daughter?
Submitted by: Bill McCormick, Sacramento
ANSWER: Andres Arturo Tostado and Jacob Edwards were arrested in connection with the 2007 death of 21-year-old Summer Kempton, daughter of then state Department of Transportation Director Will Kempton.
Both men pleaded no contest to involuntary manslaughter, according to Sacramento Superior Court online records. Edwards also pleaded no contest to furnishing a controlled substance, and a jury found Tostado guilty of furnishing a controlled substance and being under the influence of a controlled substance.
Tostado, Kempton's boyfriend, was sentenced to five years in state prison and Edwards, to three years and eight months in prison.
According to a story in The Bee, Summer Kempton, Tostado and Edwards partied at the young woman's apartment near American River College the night of Jan. 31 and into the following morning. They reportedly did drugs, including Ecstasy and prescription drugs, and Kempton passed out.
After several hours, Tostado, then 22, and Edwards, 23, called 911, and Kempton was taken to Mercy San Juan Medical Center, where she was placed on life support. She died three days later.
Authorities said Tostado and Edwards were charged with involuntary manslaughter because they helped provide the means by which Kempton died and failed to give her aid in a timely manner that might have saved her life.
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