An Illinois woman has been sentenced to federal prison for distributing a controlled substance that resulted in the death of a Miner County man.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says 27-year-old Stephanie Broecker was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison and three years of supervised release for selling drugs through the postal service to a Fedora man.  She was also ordered to pay more than 36-hundred dollars in restitution and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

In November of 2017, Broecker mailed heroin from Rockford, Illinois, to a drug customer of hers in Fedora, utilizing the U.S. Postal Service.  The drug customer received the heroin on November 18th of 2017 and ingested it that day and into the early morning hours of November 19th, 2017, before dying of a drug overdose that same day.  The Minnehaha County Coroner determined that the man’s death was caused by heroin toxicity.  

Broecker was indicted by a federal grand jury in April of 2018.  She pleaded guilty to distribution of a controlled substance resulting in death in December of 2018.