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Ex-Wisconsin probation agent pleads no contest to stealing pain-killers


WAUSAU, WI (WTAQ) - Former state probation agent Kim Hoenisch could spend up to a year-and-a-half in prison for stealing pain-killers from offenders she supervised.

The 41-year-old Hoenisch pleaded no contest Monday to all five charges against her – three counts of drug possession, burglary, and misconduct in office.

She struck a plea deal in which the state said it would seek an 18-month prison sentence and two years of extended supervision on her burglary conviction.

Defense lawyer Harry Hertel made it clear that he would seek a lighter sentence. Judge Ann Knox-Bauer will have the final say when Hoenisch is sentenced. That’s scheduled for April 25th.

Kim Hoenisch, wife of Marathon County Sheriff Randy Hoenisch, was fired from her state job two days before she was charged.

Prosecutors said she repeatedly stole pain killers from clients at her office, and at homes where she did not have permission to go in.

Hertel told reporters that Hoenisch was battling addictions to pain killers since the 1990’s, when she had plates and screws put in her legs to help her function. And she’s been getting both in-patient and out-patient help to get better.

The attorney said her husband didn’t know about the addiction – and she hid everything from him.