Heeringa’s boyfriend sentenced for drug charges

Dakotah Quail-Dyer.

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) — The boyfriend of missing woman Jessica Heeringa has been sentenced for three felony drug charges.

Dakotah Quail-Dyer was sentenced Monday to six months in jail, followed by six months on an electronic tether.

He was arrested in June and pleaded guilty in July to three charges: one count of possession of a controlled substance and two counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, all as a second-time habitual offender.

Twenty-five-year-old Jessica Heeringa, the mother of Quail-Dyer’s young son, was abducted from the Norton Shores gas station where she worked in April 2013. Quail-Dyer, Heeringa and their son had been living together in Muskegon before her disappearance, after which the boy stayed with his father.

Quail-Dyer has been in a court battle to keep custody of his and Heeringa’s son. Heeringa’s family claims he’s an unfit parent, but Quail-Dyer said that’s not true.

It’s not yet known how Quail-Dyer’s sentence will affect the custody battle.

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