Man Convicted of Heroin Overdose Sentenced to 1 Year in Jail

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email

UPDATE: Mon 9:43 AM, Sept. 16, 2013

A 23-year-old Marathon man will spend one year in jail after pleading guilty in a heroin overdose case that sent his friend to the hospital.

Jason Manecke reached a plea deal with prosecutors in Marathon County Circuit Court Monday. He pleaded guilty to manufacturing heroin and possession of narcotics.

According to the criminal complaint, Manecke later told investigators his friend, Andrew Westberg filled a syringe with 70cc of heroin, but asked Manecke to inject him so he did not miss the vein. Manecke said one to two minutes after injecting the drug, Westberg said “this stuff is really strong”. He then became unresponsive, and would not wake up despite Manecke's attempts.

Westberg was transported to an area hospital and was given medicine to counteract the overdose.

Westberg was also charged in the overdose. He'll spend two years on probation.

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ORIGINAL STORY: Wed 4:48 PM, July 03, 2013

Two people are charged in Marathon County after an investigation into a heroin overdose on June 14.

According to court documents, a call was placed to 911 just after 6:45 a.m. on that date reporting a man who was found unresponsive. The caller, later identified as Jason Manecke, 22, said he arrived at his friends house in Marathon and called 911 because his friend, Andrew Westberg, 23, was overdosing on something.

Westberg was transported to an area hospital and was given medicine to counteract the overdose.

According to the criminal complaint, Manecke later told investigators Westberg filled a syringe with 70cc of heroin, but asked Manecke to inject him so he did not miss the vein. Manecke said one to two minutes after injecting the drug, Westberg said “this stuff is really strong”. He then became unresponsive, and would not wake up despite Manecke's attempts.

Manecke told investigators he hid the remaining heroin in his car and went back into the house to call 911.

Westberg was transported to the Marathon County Jail after spending three days in the hospital.

Manecke is charged with manufacturing/deliver heroin and possession of narcotic drugs. A judge has determined there is enough evidence for his case to head to trial. He's free on a $5,000 signature bond.

Westberg is also charged and his case will head to trial. He's charged with possession of narcotic drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. He's free on a $1,000 signature bond.

Both men are scheduled to return to court on July 15.


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