Alix Catherine Tichelman, a prostitute charged with killing a Google executive by injecting him with heroin on his yacht off the California coast, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, court officials said.
Court officials also said that the 27-year-old was sentenced to six years in prison by a Santa Cruz Superior Court judge after accepting a plea deal reducing a manslaughter charge to involuntary manslaughter.
She also pleaded guilty to other charges, including destroying evidence, engaging in prostitution, and administering a controlled substance, according to the Santa Cruz Superior Court.
Prosecutors acclaim that Tichelman, a high-priced call girl, injected Google X research lab executive Forrest Hayes, 51, with heroin during a rendezvous aboard his yacht off the coast of Santa Cruz.
They added that surveillance footage shows Tichelman making no efforts to help the married father of five, and instead stepped over his body several times while sipping wine before leaving without calling 911.
While Tichelman’s public defenders acknowledge that she was indeed a prostitute, they maintain that she had no intention of hurting Hayes and claim the drug use was consensual.
According to a San Jose Mercury News report, Jerry Christensen, one of Tichelman’s attorneys, told reporters after the sentencing that “this was an accident and a panic and she is so, so sorry.”
Tichelman was also arrested last year after being apprehended by a police officer posing as a client and agreeing to price in excess of $1000, authorities said.
Court documents also state that it is believed that Hayes and Tichelman met online through a site that pairs young women with wealthy older men.
Under the original manslaughter charge, Tichelman could have faced 15 years in prison.