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La Crosse woman sentenced in drug overdose death


WHITEHALL, Wisconsin (WXOW) - A La Crosse woman is sentenced to prison for providing the drugs that lead to the overdose death of a Trempealeau County man.

Tasha Kempfer, 27, was sentenced to five-years in prison and another five-years of probation for first degree reckless homicide following the July 31, 2011 death of Jeremiah Harris.

Kempfer told investigators she went to Madison with her mother, Michelle Johnson, and Harris to buy heroin.  On their way back, Kempfer said she had given some heroin to Harris.  She told investigators as soon as he snorted the heroin, he lost consciousness, slumped over, and started foaming at the mouth.

Kempfer stopped at the Trempealeau Fire Department where first responders and paramedics were unable to revive Harris.

An autopsy report confirmed Harris died of heroin toxicity.

Kempfer was sentenced in a Trempealeau County court room Tuesday.  She also faces charges for manufacturing and delivering heroin in La Crosse County.

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