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Essmann guilty in heroin death

The woman implicated in the drug overdose death of a Hartland man in summer 2011 was found guilty of first-degree reckless homicide after she pleaded no contest to the charge Oct. 3 in Waukesha County Circuit Court.

Kandice W. Essmann, 20, of the Town of Ixonia, pleaded no contest to the homicide charge. A second felony count of manufacturing and delivering heroin was dismissed but read into the record.

Essmann was accused of purchasing heroin and selling it to Dustin L. Williams, 24, of Hartland on July 23, 2011. Williams was found not breathing at his residence later that day. He was taken by ambulance to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, the criminal complaint said.

Police learned Essmann had been with Williams that day, and Essmann told police that when she left the residence Williams was "passing out" and "nodding out," the complaint said. Essmann admitted she and Williams had used heroin that day.

She said she bought the heroin, and Williams paid her $50 for it, the criminal complaint said. She also allegedly gave him a Xanax pill and two oxycodone pills.

Essmann told authorities that when she left she took the needles they used and threw them somewhere on the side of the road or put them in a garbage can at a "remote location," the complaint noted.

The medical examiner reported Williams died of heroin intoxication.

Essmann is scheduled to be sentenced at 2 p.m. Dec. 10.

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