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Wis. woman gets 5 years in man's heroin death

Wis. woman gets 5 years in man's heroin death

By Associated Press. CREATED Oct 16, 2013

WHITEHALL, Wis. (AP) -- A La Crosse woman who provided the heroin that killed another man has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Twenty-seven-year-old Tasha Kempfer asked the judge Tuesday to spare her a prison term. But Judge John Damon said probation would diminish the seriousness of the crime.

Heroin has been a problem all over the state. The Winnebago County Heroin Task Force held a forum Tuesday in which community members talked about ways to stem the problem. They discussed a needle-exchange program and ways to increase access to treatment.

Prosecutors say Kempfer snorted heroin in 2011 with Jeremiah Harris. He lost consciousness, but instead of taking him to a hospital she left him outside a fire department.

Kempfer offered a tearful apology to Harris's family and said she prays for their forgiveness.