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Sioux Falls Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Fentanyl Overdose Case

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

SIOUX FALLS - United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced today that U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier has sentenced a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, man convicted of Distribution of a Controlled Substance Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury. The sentencing took place on May 6, 2024.

Jason Winckler, 44, was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised released. He was also ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Winckler was indicted for Distribution of a Controlled Substance Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury by a federal grand jury in September of 2022. He pleaded guilty on February 21, 2024.

On or about March 17, 2022, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Winckler distributed a pill containing fentanyl to one of his drug customers, who in turn gave it to his girlfriend, who ingested the pill and experienced an overdose. The police were called and when officers arrived, the victim was unconscious, not breathing, and was turning blue. The officers were able to revive the victim after administering three doses of Narcan.

This case was investigated by the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Sioux Falls Area Drug Task Force. Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizbeth Ebert prosecuted the case.

Winckler was immediately remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated May 10, 2024

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