GRIMES, Iowa – The mother of a 17-year-old who overdosed on methadone in June of 2013, wonders what took authorities more than a year to make an arrest.
On Tuesday, authorities arrested 25-year-old Patrick Glade on a charge of involuntary manslaughter after providing Aaliyah West with the drug last June. She was found dead in Glade’s former residence in Grimes.
Glade turned himself into authorities after the Polk County Attorney’s office issued a warrant for his arrest two weeks ago. Lt. Brent Long with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office says this case was complicated and took time to sort out details before making a charge.
“We had a lot of people that we had to interview as well as lab reports to come back and just a lot of small details to look at with the county attorneys.”
Long says Glade was always a person of interest.
The year long-investigation left West’s mother, Holly Spengler, wondering if justice would ever be served.
“It was time just not knowing whats gonna happen or if anything was gonna happen. I actually just kind of gave up on the fact.”
Spengler thought an arrest could have came sooner, after investigators found the bottle of methadone with Glade’s name on it. Glade denied the use of the drug to Spengler several times prior to the arrest. Spengler hopes Glade’s time in jail is spent reflecting and taking ownership of his actions.
If Glade is convicted and sentenced, he could face up to 10 years in prison. A trial date as not been set.