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Oshkosh Man Indicted for Fentanyl Overdose Death

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

United States Attorney Matthew D. Krueger of the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that on December 4, 2018, a federal grand jury indictment was unsealed against Desmond T. Burns (age: 39) of Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

The indictment alleges Burns distributed Fentanyl in violation of Title 21 United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and (b)(1)(C). Further, it alleges the distribution resulted in the overdose death of a New London man in June of 2017. Other court filings identify Burns as the distributor of Fentanyl that resulted in the May 2017 overdose death of an Appleton woman. If convicted Burns will serve between 20 years and a lifetime in federal prison.

This case was investigated by the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office, the New London Police Department, and the Appleton Police Department.  It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel R. Humble.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.    

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Updated December 7, 2018