Watertown Woman Sentenced To Six Years In Prison For Overdose Death

(Watertown) A Watertown woman was sentenced Wednesday to six years in prison for supplying the drugs that led to an overdose death. In June, Debra Patroelj pled no contest to a felony count of First Degree Reckless Homicide. Patroelj was implicated in the January 2016 overdose death of 16-year-old John Teuteberg. Witnesses told investigators that Teuteberg had contacted Patroelj to purchase Percocets.  The 52-year-old had none to sell, instead trading $30 of marijuana for six methadone pills which Teuteberg consumed at one time. At sentencing, Assistance District Attorney James Sempf said this case is not about treatment; it is about punishment. He added that prison is necessary to protect the community from the defendant’s ways. Patroelj was also placed on extended supervision for 14 years.