Stepfather of slain girl gets 20 years for selling meth

KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) - A Bullhead City man charged with selling drugs after his stepdaughter's murder has been dealt a 20-year sentence.

The Kingman Daily Miner and Mohave Daily News report 8-year-old Bella Grogan-Cannella's body was found in September, prompting police suspicions that her family was dealing drugs.

Their investigation revealed 28-year-old Ralph Folster sold methamphetamine five times to police informants in October. His wife, Tani Grogan, and mother, Freddie Nicholson, were also arrested.

Folster and his attorney argued he sold drugs out of depression following his daughter's death. His neighbor, 26-year-old Justin James Rector, has pleaded not guilty to the girl's murder.

His sentence was aggravated by a lengthy juvenile and adult criminal record, the fact that he was on parole in California at the time of his arrest, and an August arrest for misconduct with a weapon.

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