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

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Madison Woman Sentenced For Heroin Trafficking

MADISON, WIS. – John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Cassondra Ritt, 23, of Madison, Wis., was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb to eight years in federal prison for attempting to possess heroin with intent to distribute.  Ritt pleaded guilty to this charge on May 2, 2013.

At her plea hearing, Ritt agreed that the United States could have proven at trial beyond a reasonable doubt that she distributed heroin to an individual on July 14, 2010, resulting in serious bodily injury.  That individual overdosed, but ultimately survived after being treated by ambulance and hospital personnel.

At sentencing, Judge Crabb noted that Ritt came from a good family, and prior to her involvement with heroin, was smart, well liked, and had a promising future.

After the sentencing, United States Attorney Vaudreuil commented, “This case is another sad example of the damage that heroin is doing to our communities.” Vaudreuil reiterated his office’s commitment to vigorously prosecute those who choose to distribute heroin. 

The charges against Ritt were the result of an investigation conducted by the Madison Police Department and the Chicago Police Department.  The prosecution of this case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Meredith P. Duchemin.

Updated July 14, 2015