UPDATE: Wis. woman gets 5 years in man's heroin death

UPDATED Wednesday, October 16, 2013 --- 10:36 a.m.

WHITEHALL, Wis. (AP) -- A La Crosse woman who provided the heroin that killed another man has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Twenty-seven-year-old Tasha Kempfer asked the judge Tuesday to spare her a prison term. But Judge John Damon said probation would diminish the seriousness of the crime.

Heroin has been a problem all over the state. The Winnebago County Heroin Task Force held a forum Tuesday in which community members talked about ways to stem the problem. They discussed a needle-exchange program and ways to increase access to treatment.

Prosecutors say Kempfer snorted heroin in 2011 with Jeremiah Harris. He lost consciousness, but instead of taking him to a hospital she left him outside a fire department.

Kempfer offered a tearful apology to Harris's family and said she prays for their forgiveness.

Copyright 2013. The Associated Press


Posted Thursday, August 16, 2012 --- 11:19 a.m.

WHITEHALL, Wis. (AP) -- A mother and daughter have been charged with reckless homicide for providing the heroin that killed a Trempealeau man.

A criminal complaint says 44-year-old Michelle Johnson, of Lake Mills, and 26-year-old Tasha Kempfer, of Tomah, drove to Madison in July of last year to buy heroin.

It says Jeremiah Harris was given some heroin on the way back and later died of an overdose.

The La Crosse Tribune (http://tinyurl.com/bqwq2go ) says Johnson and Kempfer are each charged with party to first-degree reckless homicide. A conviction carries a maximum 40 years in prison.


Information from: La Crosse Tribune, http://www.lacrossetribune.com

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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