Four charged with reckless homicide in overdose death
MARINETTE, Wis. — Three of four men accused of reckless homicide for reportedly supplying fentanyl-laced heroin that led to a fatal overdose in Niagara, Wis., in January were in Marinette County Circuit Court this week.
Brady Peeters, 23, of Quinnesec, stood mute at his arraignment Tuesday as a not guilty plea was entered on his behalf on a charge of first-degree reckless homicide/deliver drugs as party to a crime, a felony punishable by up to 40 years in prison.
A status conference was set for July 16.
According to the criminal complaint, authorities from the Niagara Police Department, Marinette County Sheriff’s Office and Marinette Police Department were called to a house on the 1300 block of River Street in Niagara on Jan. 5, where a man had apparently overdosed.
First responders were unable to revive him. Officers reportedly saw a used syringe next to the man’s body but no drugs or other paraphernalia in the room. Tests confirmed the man died from opioid and opiate toxicity, according to the complaint.
A warranted search of the man’s phone showed communications with Jack Sigel, a 34-year-old Appleton, Wis., resident. The man had asked that Sigel deliver a heroin-filled syringe to him the day before his overdose, according to the complaint.
Sigel reportedly admitted he and a second individual — 26-year-old Appleton resident Travis Ambrosius — delivered the pre-loaded syringe to the Niagara man, who was a co-worker.
Sigel told authorities he, Ambrosius and the Niagara man bought the heroin from a fourth party, the complaint stated.
Authorities then interviewed Ambrosius, who identified the heroin supplier as Adam Recla, a 35-year-old Niagara resident. A warranted search of Recla’s home turned up fentanyl, marijuana, naloxone and drug paraphernalia, the complaint stated.
When questioned, Recla admitted he sold heroin to Sigel and received an “ungodly amount” of the drug from Peeters.
Sigel also was arraigned Tuesday on first-degree reckless homicide/deliver drugs as party to a crime, pleading not guilty. A status conference is set for Aug. 16.
Ambrosius is charged as a repeater, having been convicted of three misdemeanors in the five years preceding the alleged offense. He had an initial appearance Monday, with a preliminary hearing set for May 25.
Recla is charged as a repeater as well, having been incarcerated with the Department of Corrections from 2018 to 2019, bringing a felony conviction within five years of the alleged offense. Additionally, Recla is charged with the possession of narcotic drugs, repeater, second and subsequent offense; and possession of THC, second and subsequent offense, repeater. Recla is scheduled to be in court Monday.
It was unclear how the repeater and second and subsequent offense modifications would affect the maximum sentences if convicted.