|1/28/2019 10:49:00 AM|
Dodgeville man sentenced to 12 years for selling opioid that caused Florida man's death
When 26 year old Wyatt Cox sniffed a nasal spray infused with fentanyl at his Florida home on December 26, 2017 it was the last thing he did in his life.
Cox had received a package in the mail containing the powerful opioid drug that had a return address in Boscobel, Wisconsin. Federal authorities traced the package, finding out the address was to a non-existent business. The mailing label analysis linked it to similar mailings from Mazomanie, Spring Green, Gotham, Lone Rock, Madison, Hollandale and Dodgeville.
Upon further investigation authorities found the IP address originated from the home of Michael S. Schoenmann, 31, Dodgeville. Interception of a parcel headed for Milwaukee followed and the recipient told authorities he had made the purchase on the dark web. Investigators then set up an undercover purchase which led to Schoenmann's arrest.
Because the crime crossed state lines it became a federal case and was tried in federal court in Madison in front of Judge James Peterson. Following the trial Schoenmann was sentenced to 12 years in prison. The sentenced was part of a plea agreement arrived at by Assistant US Attorney Laura Przybylinski Finn and federal defender Peter Moyers.
During the trial, Schoenmann admitted he struggles with opioid addiction and created a site called U4IA (euphoria) to sell the fentanyl nasal spray. He told customers he was an addict himself and was supporting fellow addicts. The fentanyl was put in nasal spray form to hide it from families of the addicts.
Cox was orignally from Rochester, MN. His mother, Melissa Cox, and his sister, Shelby Cox, both addressed the court. Shelby Cox said while she feels he preyed on the weaknesses of the addicts she forgives him.
Peterson, who said he was moved and impressed by her statement of forgiveness but told Schoenmann he took risks with the lives of others.
"In your case you are a person with a disease which explains who you are and what you did," Judge Peterson said. "Your disease is your responsibility and you have not managed your disease well at all."
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