COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KDVR) — Nathaniel Corser received 20 years behind bars for the distribution of fentanyl resulting in death. 

In July 2021, Corser sold pills to the victim, Kaeden Norlander, who was 19 at the time. Norlander died of a fentanyl overdose the following day.

This sentence marks the U.S. Attorney’s toughest penalty handed down in a fentanyl case in Colorado.

“Twenty years is a long time to spend in a federal prison. Today’s sentence reflects the longest sentence to date that’s been handed down in a federal courtroom in Colorado for a death directly attributable to fentanyl,” U.S. Attorney for the District of Colorado Cole Finegan said.

Norlander’s family said they hope this sentence sends a message and saves lives in the future.

“We hope that can discourage future drug sales and that it can help to make a difference, and that others don’t have to suffer the same way that we have,” said the victim’s cousin, Samantha May.

“It’s very tragic, and like Sammy said, hopefully this will be a wakeup call for a lot of parents, kids, whatever. Knowing one pill can kill you, you might think you’re getting one thing, but you’re getting your death sentence,” his mom, Laurie Norlander, said.