Father believes justice was not served in overdose death
Heroin dealer sentenced to one year Huber
MADISON, Wis. — The father of a 22-year-old woman who died from an overdose believes the sentence given to the man who sold her heroin was too lenient.
Amanda Nowak died on Dec. 4, 2014. Six months later, Madison police arrested 34-year-old Ronald Green. Using the Len Bias law, they charged Green with reckless homicide and delivery of drugs.
“We thought there may be some justice after all,” Patrick Nowak, Amanda Nowak’s father, said.
Green eventually accepted a plea deal that included the dismissing of the reckless homicide charge. Because Green had pleaded no contest to a 2011 charge of delivering heroin in Marquette County, Nowak hoped his sentencing in this case would result in prison for Green.
On Jan. 13, Judge Nicholas McNamara sentenced Green to one year in the county jail with Huber Law work-release privileges and five years of probation. As long as Green doesn’t violate the rules of his probation, he will not have to serve a stayed seven-and-a-half-year prison sentence.
“It seemed like forever sitting there, but when he finally got to the part of what the sentence was, it felt like falling off a cliff,” Patrick Nowak said. “It is absolutely not fair. You know, Ronald Green still gets to see his kids and hug his kids. They get to see him at Huber. And after a year, he’s going to get to tuck them in bed and have Christmas with them. I will never get to have that again with Amanda.”
Patrick Nowak believes guidelines need to be put in place for the sentencing of people found responsible for selling drugs in overdose deaths.
He said the sentencing in Amanda Nowak’s death sends the wrong message.
“I think they are laughing. I think they would think it was a slap on the wrist,” Patrick Nowak said.
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