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Oconomowoc woman, 20, gets 8 years for fatal heroin overdose

Dec. 10, 2012

By Bruce Vielmetti of the Journal Sentinel

Dec. 10, 2012 0

A 20-year-old Oconomowoc woman was sentenced Monday to eight years in prison for a heroin overdose that killed a Hartland man last year

Dustin L. Williams' mother found him unresponsive at their home July 23, 2011, about 10 minutes after Kandice Essmann, his friend since high school, had been there visiting. He was later pronounced dead at Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital.

Essmann was charged in March with first degree reckless homicide for giving Williams heroin on that night. She pleaded no contest in October.

Waukesha Circuit Judge William Domina added seven years of extended supervision to Essmann's sentence, and gave her credit for 220 days she's been in jail. Three other drug-related offenses were dismissed but read in for sentencing purposes.

Essmann told investigators on July 24 that Dustin Williams had begged her to get some heroin and that the two drove to a location where Essmann bought $50 worth of the drug.

She said she gave the heroin to Dustin Williams, who paid her for it, the complaint states.

They returned to the Hartland residence and took the heroin as well as Percocet and Xanax, according to the complaint. Percocet is a painkiller; Xanax is used to treat anxiety.

After she left Williams' home, Essmann told police, she threw out needles the two had used along the side of the road.

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About Bruce Vielmetti

Bruce Vielmetti writes about legal affairs.

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