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Prostitute may face charges in death of Milton man following guilty plea in California death
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SANTA CRUZ, Calif. / MILTON, Ga. (AP / WXIA) -- A prostitute charged with killing a Google executive with an overdose of heroin aboard his yacht has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and administering drugs.

A Santa Cruz County Superior Court judge sentenced defendant Alix Tichelman to six years in prison on Tuesday.

Authorities say Tichelman injected Forrest Timothy Hayes with heroin in November 2013 then left without seeking help when he passed out on the yacht.

Authorities said Hayes hired Tichelman several times before and they were doing drugs and having sex the night he died.

Tichelman's attorney Larry Biggam says his client was relieved to have the court proceedings behind her and she is expected to serve only three years. She will be credited for nearly a year already served.

Tichelman went to school in Metro Atlanta.

On Tuesday, Milton police confirmed they continue to investigate her in a similar death of a man two months prior to Hayes' death.

What they know is this --

Two, successful, men in their fifties each died of a heroin overdose, two months apart, and when they OD'd they were with the same prostitute, Alix Tichelman.

On Tichelman's Facebook page Tuesday, a friend posted: "Alix just called, she's super excited..." because she believes she will serve only a fraction of her six-year sentence.

But will she be arrested again in Milton?

In September, 2013, Tichelman's boyfriend in Milton, nightclub owner Dean Riopelle, died, police say, of a heroin overdose.

Tichelman called 911.

Yet family and friends have described Riopelle as a health nut who never would have used heroin.

"He was a man that was skeptical of even taking aspirin, let alone heroin," said the former nanny to Riopelle's children, Khristina Brucker, last year when Milton police re-opened Riopelle's death investigation

"Dean doing heroin? No freakin' way," said a long-time friend last year, Allen Vine.

Milton police compared notes and files with police in California, and saw possible similarities in the two deaths. So they re-opened Riopelle's death, which was, at first, thought to be accidental, "Going back through the case, making sure that nothing was missed, making sure that there was no foul play involved," said Milton Police Capt. Shawn McCarty this past July.

Tuesday, Capt. McCarty said that while the case remains open and active, he could not say when Milton police will decide whether to charge Tichelman.

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