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Madison man gets 7 years in fatal heroin case

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Madison man has been sentenced to seven years in prison for two heroin sales linked to fatal and near-fatal overdoses.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports Dane County Circuit Judge Stephen Ehlke sentenced 48-year-old Vincent Stepter Sr. on Monday. He pleaded no contest last month to heroin delivery charges associated with the overdoses. The charges were reduced from first-degree reckless homicide and second-degree reckless endangerment in the plea deal.

He was charged in the death of 23-year-old Klarissa Brown at his apartment in June 2013 and a 34-year-old man’s non-fatal overdosed in February.

Stepter tells the judge he sold heroin to support his own addiction to the drug. His lawyer requested two years in prison but the judge said that wasn’t enough.

Information from: Wisconsin State Journal, http://www.madison.com/wsj

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