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Heroin dealer gets 10 years in prison in Wausau death

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WAUSAU (WAOW) - A 31-year-old Coloma man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for providing a fatal dose of heroin to a man who died about a year ago at a home where two young children lived, according to online Marathon County court records.

Lucas Zuehlke, 31, pleaded no contest Tuesday to first-degree reckless homicide by delivering drugs in a plea deal that dismissed four other felonies, the court records said.

Prosecutors say Zuehlke provided the heroin that caused 30-year-old Thomas Knickerbocker's death in March 2013.

Knickerbocker's girlfriend told investigators that she bought $100 worth of heroin for Knickerbocker from Zuehlke, the criminal complaint said.

The woman told investigators she was awakened by her young daughter who found Knickerbocker slumped on the floor and would not wake up, the complaint said. The girlfriend called 911 but rescuers could not revive the man.

According to court records, Zuehlke was convicted of heroin-related drug charges in 2011 and was on seven years probation at the time of Knickerbocker's death.

Circuit Judge Greg Grau ordered that Zuehlke serve 10 years on extended supervision after he is released from prison, online records said. He was given credit for 510 days already spent in jail. The terms of probation include that Zuehlke write a letter of apology to the victim's family and that he pay $5,700 in restitution.
  
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