(Waupun) A Beaver Dam woman was found guilty Thursday for her role in an overdose death. Jackie Meyer pled no contest to First Degree Reckless Homicide.
The 40-year-old supplied the heroin and cocaine that led to the August 2016 death of Karen Sadowski of the Town of Fox Lake. The suspect’s fiancé initially told police that he and Sadowski were the only adults in the house at the time of her death and that he had not seen Meyer for one week. He said Sadowski went to the bathroom, came out feeling ill, went to a bedroom to lie down and was found foaming from the mouth two hours later. She died at the hospital early the next morning.
The fiancé’s story later contradicted phone records and information provided by family who had been at the residence. Prosecutors said Meyer took Sadowski to her drug dealer in Madison. After the overdose, Meyer – who had a warrant out for her arrest – fled to a friend’s house and asked her fiancé to cover for her lies.
There were no drugs or paraphernalia found at the scene, though a baggie found in a garbage can tested positive for heroin residue. The victim’s phone was found in her nearby suitcase the morning after the initial investigation. Authorities said the phone was not in the suitcase during a search the night Sadowski died. Prosecutors also said that text messages between Sadowski and Meyer had been deleted. The messages were later recovered after a search of phone records.
Assistant District Attorney and lead prosecutor Gib Thompson said they will be recommending a seven year prison sentence followed by ten years of extended supervision. District Attorney Kurt Klomberg added this is the third conviction for drug related homicide this year and these cases represent only a small fraction of the dozens of overdoses occurring in the county each year. Meyer will be back in court for sentencing on November 1.