11/15 Hartford Man Sentenced to 8 Years for Providing Heroin in Drug Death

Forty year old Kenneth Schmidt from Hartford appeared inside a Washington County Court room on Wednesday afternoon for a sentencing hearing in relation to a man’s death caused by taking some heroin that Schmidt provided.  Schmidt was originally charged with first degree reckless homicide, but the charge was amended to delivery of heroin less than 3 grams during a court hearing in August. He was also charged with two counts of possession of narcotic drugs. He pleaded guilty to the charges in September. According to the criminal complaint, emergency crews responded to an apartment building in the town of Addison on the night of August second 2012 after a 911 caller said a man was unconscious and not breathing. A witness said he was outside the apartment building that night and saw the victim walk to a gas station with Schmidt. A detective interviewed Schmidt, who denied giving drugs to the victim. Schmidt told the detective that he picked up heroin on August second 2012, in Milwaukee and returned to the victim’s apartment where Schmidt gave him the drug. A forensic pathologist determined that the victim died of opiate and ethanol intoxication. Washington County Circuit Judge James Muehlbauer sentenced Schmidt to eight years in prison and seven years of extended supervision for providing heroin to the man who died of an overdose. Upon sentencing Judge Muelbauer remarked that there is a very serious drug problem in Washington county and that unfortunately we’re seeing these cases every day.
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