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Neenah Woman Sentenced to 12 Years in Federal Prison for Role in Fatal Heroin Overdose

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Wisconsin

Acting United States Attorney Gregory J. Haanstad for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that today, Brandi Kniebes-Larsen (age: 37) of Neenah, Wisconsin, was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison followed by 10 years of supervised release by Chief United States District Judge William C. Griesbach.  Kniebes-Larsen previously entered a guilty plea for her role in a conspiracy to deliver 100 grams or more of heroin in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1), (b)(1)(B), and 851. According to the plea agreement and other documents filed with the court, Kniebes-Larsen procured and dealt the heroin which ultimately led to the overdose death of Frederick J. Schnettler (age: 24) also of Neenah.           

In pronouncing the sentence, Chief Judge Griesbach noted the extreme nature of the offense which resulted in the death of Mr. Schnettler, as well as the lengthy criminal history of Ms. Kniebes-Larsen involving numerous drug convictions. The sentence also included the forfeiture of the defendant’s residence, from which she had distributed controlled substances in the past.            

The case was investigated by the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department, the Lake Winnebago Area MEG Unit, and the City and Town of Menasha Police Departments. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel R. Humble.

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Updated November 24, 2015