Oshkosh woman gets prison in ex-boyfriend’s heroin death

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OSHKOSH — An Oshkosh woman accused of helping an ex-boyfriend get the heroin that killed him has been sentenced to four years in prison.

Oshkosh Northwestern Media (http://oshko.sh/1RPpDOh ) reports 29-year-old Lacy Russell was sentenced Monday. She had earlier pleaded no contest to a count of being party to a crime of delivering less than 3 grams of heroin as a subsequent offense. The charge was previously reduced from one count of first-degree reckless homicide by the delivery of drugs.

According to a criminal complaint, Russell set up and drove Ian Lichtwald to a meeting with a man Feb. 15, 2014, who sold him heroin that contributed to his death. Lichtwald was found dead by his sister about 9:15 p.m. the next day at their Oshkosh residence.

Russell apologized in court to Lichtwald’s family members.

1 Comment

  • Turbo

    First this is why people are scared to call for help during an overdose, even with the Good Samaritan Law, people are often charged with something when a person ODs in their presence. Yes, she set up the meeting, but this man would’ve found it himself anyway and is an adult who was choosing to use. It’s one thing to convict a drug dealer, it’s another to charge someone for being “party to a crime” when she did not inject him or force him to use drugs.

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