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Parsons family members speak out on new drug law


A day after a Southeast Kansas man was charged under a new Kansas law with distributing deadly meth.. A family is speaking out.

"He might have lost his life. He might have done it in a way that's not the best way to die but you know what, he can help other families. He can help those who have now struggled with drug addiction, that have struggled with selling drugs, making meth, because he's been on both sides of the fence." says Wolverton's stepdaughter, Nicole Hockett.

It's her plea for others facing drug problems.

"That could have been my husband, or me...and my 6 year old son would be without a dad today." she says.

Hockett chose to speak with us Today, the day of her fathers funeral, to spread a message of hope. She says God gave her the strength to speak with us today, and it's what her father would want.

Since Wolverton's death...charges have been filed under a new Kansas Law that penalizes dealers of the deadly drug.

"I could see it both ways. You know. How are they actually going to have charges that are going to stick against somebody? When it's not necessarily Neil's fault that Rollie took the drug. Neil just sold him the drug. But I see that it's a good thing because those people selling the drugs need to be responsible for their actions." Hockett says.

33 year old Neil Avery was charged Tuesday with distribution of meth, and selling of meth leading to Wolverton's death. He remains in the Labette county jail on a one million dollar bond.

Family members of Roland Wolverton don't deny he has had a past history with drug use. But they're sending this message out to the Avery family. Along with their support.

"We aren't out to get them. My father wasn't out to get them. All of our condolences are out with them too. This isn't suppose to happen like this, and we just hope the best for them too." says Wolverton's son, who chose to not show his face on camera today. But he offered this word of advice to all the parents, siblings, children or friends going through the same situation.

"we all know what these drugs can do to family's first hand, and this is no laughing matter. This is a tragic matter that no one expected and left many people hurt and shocked. The only good that can actually come out of this now is people beginning to think twice before the sell or use after the consequences have been brought to light." he says.

The Avery family attended today's funeral. They also agreed to do an on-camera interview with us, but due to scheduling conflicts today, they had to postpone. When we spoke with them Tuesday outside the courtroom, they said they send their sincere condolences to the family.


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