Two Wisconsin men have been charged under the Len Bias Law in the death of a 32-year-old Grafton woman who overdosed on heroine last year and died. In a law that allows prosecutors to charge suspected drug dealers with reckless homicide in the deaths of people they supply drugs to, a Milwaukee drug dealer was sentenced to 8 years in prison for selling the lethal overdose and the woman’s father was charged with first degree reckless homicide for helping his daughter procure the drug, punishable by up to 25 years in prison. The case came together for law enforcement and prosecutors after following a trail of text messages which implicated the father and the Milwaukee drug dealer in the tragic incident.
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For those unfamiliar with the story, Len Bias was a University of Maryland basketball star who died of a cocaine overdose days after being drafted by the Boston Celtics. His long-time friend was convicted and sentenced to over a decade in prison for sharing the drug with Bias. Subsequently, Congress passed the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988, known as the Len Bias Law, fueling the War on Drugs with stiffer penalties for all involved in drug crimes, which resounds today.
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Source: Ozaukee Press, “Drug dealer sentenced, father charged in woman’s heroin overdose death”, by Bill Schanen, March 23, 2018