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Ex-probation agent Hoenisch sentenced for painkiller theft

WAUSAU, WI (WTAQ) - A state prosecutor said former probation agent Kim Hoenisch stole painkillers from friends and relatives, as well as the offenders she supervised.

The 41-year-old Hoenisch was sentenced in Wausau Monday to 18 months in prison plus supervision and probation, after a plea deal which convicted her of four criminal charges.

Prosecutor Winn Collins said his pre-sentence investigation included stinging accusations from estranged family members as well as her former clients.

Among other things, he said Hoenisch stole medicines from a man who was dying from terminal bone cancer. Hoenisch blamed her behavior on her addiction to painkillers – and she asked to stay out of prison so could get treatment and be with her 5-year-old twin boys.

Defense lawyer Harry Hertel said the pre-sentence report had significant errors. Among other things, he denied his client was abusing drugs after the state’s investigation began into her activity.

Also Monday, Hoenisch was fined $100 to settle a disorderly conduct charge stemming from a July 16th fight with her sister and the smashing of a phone at their mother’s home north of Wausau.