KEY POINTS

  • Brandon Dye was found unresponsive on July 15, 2019
  • He was pronounced dead from a heroin overdose
  • Authorities searched Megan Anne Walthall's home
  • They found drugs, paraphernalia and a video of the sexual abuse

A Virginia woman has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for videotaping herself while sexually abusing her boyfriend as he died of a drug overdose.

Megan Anne Walthall, 32, of Fredericksburg has been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to charges of abusing an incapacitated adult, sexual battery and two counts of possessing illegal drugs.

Her boyfriend, Brandon Dye, was found unresponsive at her home on July 15, 2019. Dye was taken to the hospital but was pronounced dead from a heroin overdose, reported local news outlet The Roanoke Times.

Authorities searched her house and found drugs, paraphernalia and a video of Walthall sexually abusing Dye. In the said video, Walthall could be seen laughing as she carried on with the abuse. It all happened while Dye was dying of an overdose, prosecutors said.

Walthall waited for at least 45 minutes before calling 911, said prosecutor Sandra Park as per the New York Post. Park argued in the court that delay in calling 911 was inexcusable, noting that Dye could have been saved if only he received immediate medical attention.

The prosecutor also told the court that the video depicted Walthall's "level of depravity" that deserves years behind bars.

However, defense attorney Price Koch told the court that Walthall had recorded the video in the hope that she could show it to Dye later and encourage him to stop using drugs. Walthall was also reportedly on drugs at the time of the incident.

"It was done stupidly and wrongly, but there was no malice," Koch said. He also pointed out that the video showed Walthall pouring water on Dye, asking him to get up, and added that there is no evidence that Walthall's actions contributed to Dye's death.

Walthall's second drug charge stemmed from a drug overdose incident at a motel in Stafford in December 2019. Walthall reportedly gave a man drugs that caused him to overdose.

drugs-2793133_640 Megan Anne Walthall pleaded guilty to charges of abusing an incapacitated adult, sexual battery and two counts of possessing illegal drugs. Photo: pixabay