Wausau woman gets 8 years prison in fentanyl overdose death

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) -- The 32-year-old Wausau woman will spend eight years in prison for providing fentanyl-laced heroin to a man that overdosed.

Ashley Szarkowitz will also spend eight years on extended supervision upon her release from prison.

She pleaded no contest in May to first-degree reckless homicide during a plea deal. She was found guilty as result. In exchange for the plea, a charge of delivering narcotics was dismissed.

According to court documents, Wausau Police responded to a home on Christian Avenue on March 13 just after 1 a.m. Inside the home was an unresponsive 24-year-old man. Police said they found a powdery substance that tested positive for fentanyl.

Fentanyl is commonly found in heroin.

Paramedics administered two doses of Narcan but the man did not survive.

Szarkowitz was later arrested at her home. Court documents state she told her roommate in front of police, "I gave someone heroin, and they overdosed," when questioned what was going on.

Autopsy results showed fentanyl was the most substantial factor in the man's death. Methamphetamine and alcohol were also found in the man's system.

Szarkowitz will receive credit for 181 days already spent in custody.