Homicide charges filed after man’s overdose death — but not against his heroin dealer

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SHEBOYGAN COUNTY -- A Sheboygan Falls man is being held responsible for a heroin overdose death -- but he's not the dealer. Prosecutors say he provided a ride to the victim who would eventually lose his life.

Benjamin Dehn

Benjamin Dehn

Prosecutors say Benjamin Dehn met a man near I-43 and Brown Deer Road -- to drive him to Milwaukee to buy drugs.

Prosecutors are now holding Dehn responsible for the man's overdose death.

Gail Hunkins of Howards Grove is holding on to special gifts from her son. The family struggled with 33-year-old Brian Glynn's addiction.

"Somewhere along the line he got into the heroin," Hunkins said.

Hunkins received a life-changing telephone call in September.

"I knew. I just said 'he's dead,' and I knew it," Hunkins said.

"There is nothing in your life that can break your heart more, than to hear your mom fell to the ground in the driveway," Angel Glynn, Brian Glynn's sister said.

Brian Glynn

Brian Glynn

Brian Glynn died of a heroin overdose.

The Sheboygan County District Attorney's Office has now filed charges in connection with his death.

Joe DeCecco, Sheboygan County district attorney

Joe DeCecco, Sheboygan County district attorney

"Anyone who touches heroin on the way to a person who eventually overdoses and dies is going to be charged. It's as simple as that," Joe DeCecco, Sheboygan County district attorney said.

35-year-old Benjamin Dehn is charged with first degree reckless homicide for Glynn's death.

Prosecutors say his crime was providing Glynn with a ride.

Investigators say looking for a fix, Glynn and a friend drove to a McDonald's restaurant, where Dehn was waiting.

Benjamin Dehn

Benjamin Dehn

Glynn was the only one who got into the vehicle with Dehn.  They drove to Milwaukee, purchased $50 worth of heroin, and Dehn returned Glynn to his friend's vehicle.

Police say the two men went back to Cedar Grove to inject the heroin.

Glynn would soon be dead.

The second man was found barely alive in a bathtub.

"If you do a favor for a friend, and they die because you did them a favor, you're going to get charged under Wisconsin law," DeCecco said.

DeCecco says he's hoping to send a message.

"We got to stop it -- and we have to start somewhere," Gail Hunkins said.

Glynn's family believes it can work. They hope coming down hard saves someone else's life in the future.

When FOX6 News asked whether the dealer will be held responsible, DeCecco said he hopes everyone involved that led to Glynn's death. He says this is not the end. Their investigation is ongoing.

Brian Glynn

Brian Glynn

7 comments

  • Abby Ries

    I’m sorry but you missed a very crucial part of this conversation where my mother said that we have to remember that this man had a family too. Do we think he should be held accountable? Yes. But it could have very well been Brian too, but he passed. It’s not as easy as should this man be charged, but rather, what can we do to change it? I’m not sure that reckless homicide charges are changing things. It’s not easy on either end but I can tell you this: When your loved one dies of an overdose, you simply want to see something better come of it, you don’t want to see more lives ruined. The Glynn family feels for this man and his family. I promise, you would never want to walk in the shoes of an addict and by my understanding this man has his own struggles too.

  • Itsabouttime

    Bust that dealer. Parent’s go through the addict’s phone and report those dealers they may have more than one.

  • bob

    I’ve heard of some ingnorant laws and law officials, but this is the best yet. If you think this is going to do something other than lock people up that suffer from a dease and cause very long term over crowding in the peniel system you need to step back and take just a second or two and just seriously think about this.

  • N8

    “If you do a favor for a friend, and they die because you did them a favor, you’re going to get charged under Wisconsin law,” DeCecco said. I get it if you giving the drugs but if you just give them a ride and they get drugs how the f is that your fault

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