Source: Lake Geneva Regional News

Selling heroin in jail earns stayed sentence

March 24, 2011

Elkhorn — A woman who sold heroin inside the Walworth County jail received a 12-1/2 year stayed prison sentence during a March 12 court hearing.

Erica L. Otto, 23, of Eagle, was sentenced to seven years of probation.

If she violates the terms of her probation, she will have to serve the prison sentence and five years of extended supervision.

Conditions of Otto’s probation include paying court costs, completing the Teen Challenge Program, maintaining full-time employment or attending school, participating in psychological assessments and not consuming alcohol or drugs.

She also must submit to random drug screens and electronic monitoring.

Otto pleaded guilty to one count of delivering heroin.

She had other felony counts of delivering heroin, possession of methamphetamine and bail jumping which were dismissed, but were considered during sentencing.

In Jefferson County, Otto also faces felony charges — including a pending charge for possessing a narcotic drug.

According to the criminal complaint for the heroin charge:

Three inmates tested positive for morphine, which is a known heroin metabolite.

The inmates were Allison Bronson of Princeton, Ill., Shelly Henning of Clinton and Otto.

Bronson and Henning told the Sheriff’s Department investigators they received heroin from Otto, who told police she smuggled the drug inside the jail.

Otto said she traded it to Henning and Bronson.