A man who supplied the fentanyl that killed a St. Charles, MO mother, leaving her three young children alone for over 15 hours, was sentenced Wednesday close to 8 years in prison.

A U.S. District also ordered 39-year-old Valentino Terez Carpenter of Maryland Heights, to pay $8,665 in funeral expenses for the victim.

The victim was found dead on the couch in her home on June 21, 2022, with a capsule containing fentanyl nearby, after the cries of her children alerted a neighbor. The womanโ€™s children, ages 2, 4 and one month, had been alone for at least 15 hours after their motherโ€™s death.

Carpenter pleaded guilty in September to one count of distribution of fentanyl and admitted selling two capsules containing drugs to the victim for $10. He also admitted that the victim was killed by a fentanyl overdose.