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Illinois Woman Sentenced for Distribution of a Controlled Substance Resulting in Death

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of South Dakota

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Chicago, Illinois, woman convicted of Distribution of a Controlled Substance Resulting in Death was sentenced on October 28, 2019, by U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier.

Stephanie Broecker, age 27, was sentenced to 240 months in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, $3,655 in restitution, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Broecker was indicted by a federal grand jury on April 4, 2018.  She pled guilty on December 10, 2018.

The conviction stemmed from an incident on or about November 16, 2017, when Broecker mailed heroin from Rockford, Illinois, to a drug customer of hers in Fedora, South Dakota, utilizing the U.S. Postal Service.  The drug customer received the U.S. Postal parcel that contained the heroin on November 18, 2017, in South Dakota.  Witnesses reported that he ingested the heroin from the mail parcel that day and into the early morning hours of November 19, 2017, before dying of a drug overdose on November 19th.   The Minnehaha County Coroner determined that man’s death was caused by heroin toxicity. 

This case was investigated by the U.S. Postal Service, the Miner County Sheriff’s Office, and the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer D. Mammenga prosecuted the case.

Broecker was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated October 30, 2019

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