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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Wisconsin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Oshkosh Man receives 10 Year Sentence for Lead Role in Heroin Conspiracy

United States Attorney James L. Santelle, of the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that on August 26, 2014, Sherman Maurice Threets (age: 29) of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison by Chief United States District Judge William C. Griesbach. Threets had previously entered a guilty plea to a single count of conspiracy to distribute heroin.

 According to the plea agreement and other documents filed with the court, Threets was the lead actor in an Oshkosh area heroin distribution ring with ties to distributors in Chicago, Illinois.  Threets was previously convicted of Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine in Fond Du Lac County in 2005 and again in Winnebago County in 2007. He was on state supervision for both crimes at the time of his federal indictment.          

 In pronouncing sentence, Chief Judge Griesbach noted the clear danger that Threets presented to the community, especially by shifting his drug dealing business from cocaine to highly addictive heroin which has been responsible for an increasing number of overdose deaths in northeast Wisconsin. In addition to the prison sentence, Threets was ordered to spend an additional 10 years on supervised release.            

 The case was investigated by the Lake Winnebago Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group and the Oshkosh Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel R. Humble.

Updated January 29, 2015