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Madison Man sentenced to Eight Years for Heroin Trafficking

September 17, 2013

MADISON, WIS. – John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Michael J. McDonald, 27, Madison, Wis., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb to eight years in federal prison for distributing heroin.  McDonald pleaded guilty to the charge on June 7, 2013.

At the plea hearing, McDonald stipulated that the United States could have proven beyond a reasonable doubt that the distribution resulted in serious bodily injury.  The individual to whom he distributed heroin on September 23, 2011 overdosed, but ultimately survived after being treated by ambulance and hospital personnel.  McDonald fled the scene of the overdose.   

The charge against McDonald was the result of an investigation conducted by the Madison Police Department.  The prosecution of this case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Meredith P. Duchemin.


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