Illinois woman sentenced for distributing controlled substance that resulted in death of SD man
PIERRE, S.D. – A Chicago, Ill. woman has been convicted of Distribution of a controlled Substance Resulting in Death. Stephanie Broecker, age 27, was sentenced on Oct. 28.
According to the release from the Department of Justice, the incident happened on or about Nov. 16, 2017, when Broecker mailed heroin from Rockford Ill., to a drug customer of hers in Fedora, S.D. through the U.S. Postal Service. The drug customer received the U.S. Postal parcel that contained the heroin on Nov. 18, 2017, in S.D.. Witnesses reported that he ingested the heroin from the mail parcel that day and into the early morning hours of Nov. 19, 2017, before dying of an overdose on Nov. 19. The Minnehaha County Coroner determined that the man’s death was caused by heroin toxicity.
U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier sentenced Broecker to 240 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, $3,655 in restitution, and $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.
Broecker was indicted by a federal grand jury on April 4, 2018. She pled guilty on Dec. 10, 2018.
This case was investigated by the U.S. Postal Service, the Miner County Sheriff’s Office, and the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation.
Broecker was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service to begin serving her sentence.