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Meeks sentenced to 15 years in prison on some drug charges, heading to trial on homicide case

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Suspect Tyshun Meeks in court with attorney Shawn Paul, December 10 2012
Suspect Tyshun Meeks in court with attorney Shawn Paul, December 10 2012

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) - A Chicago drug dealer will spend 15 years in prison for his role in a drug trafficking ring that supplied the heroin that killed a Kronenwetter man in 2011

Tyshun Meeks pleaded no contest today to 8 of the 10 charges against him in the case of the death of Justin Selves. All of the charges relate to other charges not directly connected to the death in the case. Meeks is maintaining he is not guilty of those charges and will be proceeding to trial on the top two counts of supplying heroin and 1st degree reckless homicide.

In court today, prosecutor Lance Leonhard asked for those 15 years in prison because Meeks was not going to change. "He has earned every day of this sentence I am recommending." Leonhard says that heroin has become a serious problem in the county ,and that more needs to be done from both the county and the community in stemming the tide of 'poison' that's entering the area.

Judge Mike Moran agreed with the state, and said that Meeks could have lived up to much more. "In any other life you'd have a chance to flourish. In another life, you could be successful beyond belief." Moran says that instead, Meeks spent his life trying to sell drugs and harm others in doing so.

Meeks will also have to get his GED while in prison, go through drug counseling and will spend 10 years on extended supervision once released from prison.

Meeks will be back in court to schedule that jury trial later this month.

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