Milwaukee Man Gets Longest Sentence Yet In FDL County Drug Death
The heroin overdose death of a Fond du Lac woman nets a 36-year-old Milwaukee man 17 ½ years in prison and 15 years of extended supervision. Roy Whitelow was sentenced in Fond du Lac County Court Wednesday afternoon for the February 2013 death of Heather Fugate. Deputy District Attorney Dennis Krueger says the sentence was necessary. He says it was appropriate under the circumstances because someone lost their life. There have been others sentenced on 1st degree reckless homicide charges for drug-related deaths in the past few years in the County, but this is the longest sentence yet. Then again Whitelow is the first to be found guilty of the charge during a jury trial. Krueger says he hopes it sends a message to people who deal drugs. He says the message had to be sent not only to Whitelow, but the community that this type of conduct won’t be tolerated because it kills people. Judge Richard Nuss said in sentencing Whitelow that, “When it gets right down to the nuts and bolts of your DNA, this type of lifestyle appeals to you.” The sentence will be added on to a previous conviction, which means Whitelow won’t be getting out of prison until the fall of 2034.