THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Receive Six Year Sentence For Drug Overdose Death
Issue Date: April 20, 2022
A Niagara man was sentenced to 6 years in prison and 15 years of extended supervision relating to a drug overdose death on Friday, April 15 by Marinette County Judge James Morrison. The death occurred in the City of Niagara, Marinette County, in January of 2021. Adam Recla was convicted in February, 2021, of 1st Degree Reckless Homicide, as a party to a crime and as a repeater, for delivering fentanyl which caused the death of Casey Ashburn.
At sentencing, Assistant District Attorney Kathryn Heineck stated that Recla knew that Ashburn was not supposed to be using heroin but still delivered the heroin at Ashburn's request. The heroin also contained fentanyl. Assistant District Attorney Heineck told the Court that Recla continued to use heroin even after Ashburn died until the day of his arrest on April 10, 2021.
Judge James Morrison sentenced Recla to 6 years of initial confinement and 15 years of extended supervision on the 1st Degree Reckless Homicide charge, consecutive to a sentence Recla is currently serving for a previous case.
Recla's four co-defendants' cases are still pending in the Court system. Their charges are accusations and they are presumed innocent until proven guilty. One of Recla's co-defendant's, Brady Timothy Peeters has a warrant for failing to appear at court. The Marinette County Sheriff's Office is asking for anyone with information on Mr. Peeters whereabouts to call them.
Assistant District Attorney Kathryn Heineck and Assistant Attorney General Peter Hahn handled the prosecution of these cases.
The Marinette County District Attorney's Office would like to thank the Wisconsin Department of Justice Criminal Litigation Unit for their assistance with these cases along with the City of Niagara Police Department, Marinette County Sheriff's Office and Fox Valley Metro Police Department.