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La Crosse woman gets 5 years prison for providing heroin in man's death

WHITEHALL, WI (WTAQ) - A La Crosse woman will spend five years in prison for providing the heroin that killed a man in Trempealeau County. 

27-year-old Tasha Kempfer asked Circuit Judge John Damon to spare her from a state prison -- but the judge wouldn't do it, saying it would diminish the seriousness of her crime. He also told Kempfer to spend five years under extended supervision once she gets out. 

She was convicted in the death of 32-year-old Jeremiah Harris. 

Authorities said they snorted cocaine in July of 2011 -- and when he lost consciousness, Kempfer left him outside a fire station in Trempealeau instead of taking him to a hospital. 

Authorities said Kempfer, her mother, and Harris all went to Madison where Kempfer bought the heroin that Harris died from.  

Kempfer is also charged in La Crosse County, where not guilty pleas have been entered to two felony counts of selling heroin to police informants.  All parties involved will review the status of the La Crosse case tomorrow.  

Kempfer’s mother, 45-year-old Michelle Johnson, is on five years of probation after she pleaded guilty to conspiring to deliver heroin.

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