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Man who served teens drug-laced tea sentenced

AP PhotoJohn Raoux - 2022-01-28T174527.165
Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office

An Okeechobee area man who reportedly served two teen girls drug-laced tea last year has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Shawn Matthew Pyper was sentenced on Thursday for the incident that occurred over the summer.

Investigators reported that Pyer sent the girls, ages 13 and 14-years-old out a nearby cow pasture to collect the mushrooms.

The girls told authorities that they filled a plastic shopping bag up with mushrooms and gave it to Pyer as requested.

Pyper then used a pot and stove to prepare the mushrooms into a tea and mixed it in with  fruit-flavored Kool-Aid.

He then reportedly served it to the girls.

The girls spent most of the night consuming the hallucinogenic beverage. In the morning hours, however, one of the girls blacked out and fell to the floor, causing facial injuries and bleeding.

Pyper reportedly refused to get the girls help because he feared that he would be arrested. That’s when one of the girls fled the home and ran to a neighboring house or help.

Both girls were evaluated at a hospital and returned to their parents.

According to police,  the mother of the 13-year-old girl thought she was at a friend’s house while the 14-year-old girl is said to be a chronic runaway.

Pyper was found guilty on eight counts, including two counts of delivery of a controlled substance to a minor.