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Koopman sentenced to 8 years prison for selling lethal heroin


LA CROSSE, WI (WTAQ) - A drug dealer from Sparta was sentenced Thursday to eight years in prison for providing the heroin that killed a La Crosse woman.

Prosecutors said 27-year-old Cory Koopman sold the drug to Mitchell Perner, who then gave it to 20-year-old Shelby Perkins. She died the day after taking the heroin in May of 2010.

The 22-year-old Perner was sentenced to 12 years in prison and 8 years of extended supervision for his role in Perkins’ death. He’s appealing the conviction.

Koopman will also be under extended supervision for 7 years. His prison term will begin after he completes a three-year sentence for an unrelated case in Monroe County.

Perkins’ father had accused both defendants of conspiring to kill his daughter. But prosecutors said they did not believe the death was intentional.