WHITEHALL, Wis. (AP) – A La Crosse woman who provided the heroin that killed another man has been sentenced to five years in prison. Twenty-seven-year-old Tasha Kempfer asked the judge Tuesday to spare her a prison term. But Judge John Damon said probation would diminish the seriousness of the crime. Heroin has been a problem all over the state. The Winnebago County Heroin Task Force held a forum Tuesday in which community members talked about ways to stem the problem. They discussed a needle-exchange program and ways to increase access to treatment. Prosecutors say Kempfer snorted heroin in 2011 with Jeremiah Harris. He lost consciousness, but instead of taking him to a hospital she left him outside a fire department. Kempfer offered a tearful apology to Harris’s family and said she prays for their forgiveness.
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