WAUTOMA - The federal government has taken over the prosecution of a Waushara County drug case which includes an overdose death.
Amalia Henschel died in April in Redgranite of a drug overdose. Two people - Randy Lindgren and John Gearnhardt - were charged in state court with first-degree reckless homicide for allegedly providing the drugs. Several others were charged in connection with drug distribution.
However, in light of a federal indictment filed this week in Milwaukee, Waushara County District Attorney Scott Blader has dismissed the state charges against Lindgren and Gearnhardt.
Besides those two, a federal charge of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance with death as a result were filed against Ronald "Benny" McDaniels, Theresa Lindgren, Christopher "Legs" legos, Buckie Rehwinkel, Becky Holman and Ronnie Wells.
If convicted, the federal charge carries a mandatory minimum of 20 years in prison, whereas the state charge has no minimum sentence, Blader noted. He praised the federal government for taking the case, given the expansive nature of the drug ring and charges involved.
The defendants have been transferred to federal custody, Blader said.
Online federal records do not indicate any hearings scheduled in the case.
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