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Jail, supervision part of sentence in overdose death


 LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - Time in jail and a long period of extended supervision is the sentence for a man convicted in the overdose death of a Barre Mills man last year.

Malachi Hankel received a one year jail term followed by seven years of extended supervision on a charge of 1st Degree Reckless Homicide.  Hankel pleaded guilty in February of supplying the heroin that 48-year-old Thomas Tremain used last September and subsequently died from an overdose.

Sentencing for Hankel was delayed for several months after he was ruled incompetent to understand the sentence information.  Late in June, Judge Todd Bjerke ruled that following treatment, Hankel regained competency and could be sentenced Wednesday.

In imposing the jail sentence, Hankel received credit for time already served, some 246 days.  That means he'll serve a little under four months in jail before beginning his extended supervision.

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