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Wife of Marathon Co. sheriff pleads no contest to drug charges


Kim Hoenisch pleaded 'no contest' to five counts including misconduct in office and stealing prescription drugs.

She was fired from her job as a probation agent for Marathon County after a state investigation concluded she had stolen prescription drugs from one of her clients.

Hoenisch was found guilty of multiple charges in a Taylor County courtroom on Monday afternoon, including burglary.

Investigators say the 41-year-old took prescription drugs without permission.

The investigation was conducted by the Wisconsin Department of Justice. According to the criminal complaint, Hoenisch burglarized the home of a probationers last June in search of pain medicine.

Her attorney says she's battled addiction since the 1990s.

"She was having plates and screws put in her legs for purposes of helping her function, as a result of which, she became addicted to painkillers," Harry Hertel said.

He said Hoenisch is taking steps to get better.

"She had been in-patient and has followed up out-patient. She has some very supportive individuals in the health care community and in sobriety."

Hertel said her husband, Marathon County Sheriff Randy Hoenisch, didn't know about her addiction.

"She hid everything from him," Hertel said.

The special state prosecutor assigned to the case declined to comment, but is recommending an 18-month prison sentence along with two years extended supervision.

Hertel said he plans to fight that. "We're free to argue the sentencing. So, there's no agreement with what the state said it thought was an appropriate resolution."

Kim Hoenisch is free on a $10,000 signature bond. She is scheduled to be sentenced on April 25 in Marathon County court.

Taylor County judge Ann Knox-Bauer will decide Hoenisch's punishment. She was assigned to the case last year after a Marathon County judge took himself off of it.


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