A 25-year-old Wausau man will spend 10 years prison for the August 2011 heroin overdose death of Justin Selves, 26.
Kevin Mason reached a plea deal with prosecutors Wednesday. Mason pleaded guilty to 1st degree reckless homicide, manufacturing/delivering heroin and manufacturing/delivering cocaine. As result, eight other charges were dismissed.
Following his prison sentence he will also spend 10 years on extended supervision.
The Marathon County Special Investigations unit had been gathering information on Mason and four others; Melonie Brown, Tyshun Meeks, David Purnell, and Brittanie Robbins for several months including several undercover drug buys. Their investigation intensified following the death of Selves. Toxicology reports show Selves died August 4, 2011 of a heroin overdose. Investigators believe Selves purchased the drug from the group.
Tyshun Meeks is also charged with the man’s death. His jury trial is scheduled to begin October 21.
According to court documents, the defendants had knowledge of victim’s death and continued to sell heroin. One of the defendants admitted to authorities that the death was actually good for sales, because customers knew the product was strong.
Mason will receive credit for 757 days he has already spent in jail.
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