- Associated Press - Monday, June 22, 2015

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - A former Deadhead from Iowa who spent 21 years as a fugitive has been sentenced to 10 years in prison on LSD distribution charges.

Former Cedar Rapids musician and tie-dye shop owner Matthew West received the sentence Monday from U.S. District Judge Linda Reade.

West surrendered to authorities in December seemingly out of the blue. He’d been wanted by the FBI since missing a 1994 court hearing.

A jury convicted West, then 27, in 1992 of conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute LSD. Additional drug and money laundering charges were pending against West when he fled before sentencing in the original case.

West hasn’t answered questions about his time as a fugitive. He was known for selling shirts at Grateful Dead concerts in the 1980s and 1990s.

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