Woman who sold fentanyl that killed Templeton man gets seven years in prison

March 30, 2024

Brandi Turner


A San Luis Obispo County judge on Friday sentenced a woman to seven years in prison for selling the fentanyl that killed a Templeton man. 

On Oct. 27, 2022, a caller reported finding a body behind the homeless parking site on Oklahoma Avenue. Deputies identified the victim as 31-year-old Quinn Hall, who had died of a fentanyl overdose.

During their investigation, detectives discovered that shortly before Hall died, Brandi Turner, 50, sold him fentanyl, which led to his death. Deputies arrested Turner in May 2023.

Prosecutors charged Turner with murder, selling fentanyl, possession of fentanyl for sales and possession of methamphetamine. During her trial testimony earlier this year, Turner admitted she sold Hall fentanyl on Oct. 26, 2022. 

In January, following closing arguments in the trial, Judge Barry LaBarbera told the jury it could consider whether Turner was guilty of involuntary manslaughter, but only if jurors found the defendant not guilty of murder. When weighing the murder charge, jurors needed to determine whether the fentanyl sale caused Hall’s death and what Turner’s mindset was going into it. 

Ultimately, the jury convicted Turner of three drug offenses and split 7-5 in favor of guilt on the murder charge. Judge Barry LaBarbera then declared a mistrial on the murder count.

After three days of deliberations, jurors said they could have reached a unanimous verdict on involuntary manslaughter, but they could not unanimously agree on convicting or acquitting Turner of murder. Juror Julie Jenkins said the big sticking point was whether Turner had a disregard for human life. 

Facing another trial, in February, Turner pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter.

Then on Friday, LaBarbera sentenced Turner to seven years in prison.


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Quinn Hall sold drugs to 15 years olds in 2010 and they were hospitalized. He made the choice to buy fentanyl and unfortunately that was his last. Its insane they even considered murder. If you read the calcoast article about him from 2010 the comments are filled with people saying “those kids went out looking to get high, it’s their fault!”


Anybody who sells Fentanyl deserves to have the book thrown at them.

Junkie sells drugs to a fellow junkie and is accused of murder. Drunk driver kills two people and a dog lies about it and is eligible for probation????

At 50 times the potency of heroin, the nature and lethality of fentanyl is such that, by definition, if a person has any involvement in illegal action that results in intentionally supplying fentanyl to another person, they are demonstrating an unequivocal disregard for human life. Time to change the law to reflect that reality.