Matthew D. Krueger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that on March 26, 2019, a federal grand jury returned a three-count indictment against two individuals who allegedly distributed controlled substances in the Menominee Indian Reservation and led to death. of a man, and another who deleted the messages between one of the defendants and the deceased. The indictment named Alissa M. Waupoose (age: 28), Ronald J. Frechette (age: 39) and Kelly Nacotee (age: 41), all of whom are registered members of the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin. The three all reside in Keshena, which is on the Menominee Indian Reservation in Wisconsin.
Count 1 of the indictment charges Waupoose and Frechette with distribution of an Analogue controlled substance resulting in death in violation of 21 USC §§ 813 and 841. Waupoose and Frechette face a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years, and up to to life imprisonment, in prison; fines of up to $5 million; and 3 years to life on probation. The charge also includes a special assessment of $100.
Count two of the indictment charges Waupoose and Frechette with second degree murder contrary to 18 USC §§ 1111, 1153 and 2. Waupoose and Frechette each face a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, up to one $250,000 fine, and up to 5 years probation. The charge also includes a special assessment of $100.
The third count of the indictment charges Kelly Nacotee with felony misappropriation in violation of 18 USC § 4. Nacotee faces a maximum sentence of 3 years in prison, up to $250,000 in fines, up to 3 years of probation and a special sentence of $100. Evaluation.
According to the indictment, on or about September 13, 2016, Waupoose and Frechette killed a man by distributing a chemical analogue of fentanyl to him. Nacotee deleted the messages between Frechette and the deceased after learning of his overdose.
The case was investigated by the Menominee Tribal Police Department, the Menominee County Sheriff’s Office, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with assistance from the Drug Diversion Control Division. United States Enforcement Administration and Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory. The case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Andrew J. Maier.
An indictment is only an accusation and not proof of guilt. The accused is presumed innocent and has the right to a fair trial in which the government must prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
For more information, contact: Public Information Officer Kenneth Gales at 414 297-1700
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