A Pardeeville woman faces prison on a conspiracy charge after investigators said she was involved in the plan to purchase heroin that was used in the overdose death of a rural Portage man in 2012.

JoAnn M. Winter, 57, of Pardeeville, is free on a $5,000 signature bond after appearing Wednesday in Columbia County Circuit Court.

Winter is charged with conspiracy to commit delivery of heroin; the charge carries a maximum initial penalty of 7 ½ years in prison.

Winter is accused of collecting money from Cody Weideman on June 2, 2012, and taking the cash to Thomas Holtan to allow Holtan to purchase heroin in Madison.

Holtan is Winter’s son, according to the criminal complaint.

The complaint said that Holtan told authorities that Winter knew the money from Weideman would be used to purchase heroin, and that Weideman did not want to give Holtan the money in front of his friends, so Holtan arranged for Winter to pick it up.

Weideman died June 3, 2012, of heroin toxicity, according to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.

Holtan, 36, of Portage, is accused of selling 0.7 to 0.8 grams of heroin to Weideman prior to his death.

Holtan faces up to 25 years in prison as an initial maximum sentence on a felony charge of first-degree reckless homicide; he also faces up to 10 years in prison initially on a charge of felony delivery of narcotics. The case is scheduled for a four-day jury trial that begins Jan. 6.

Winter’s case is scheduled for a pretrial conference Nov. 6 and a court hearing Dec. 6.

Weideman’s death has prompted his parents, Don and Jan Weideman, to form a group, Concerned Citizens Against Drug Abuse, which meets weekly in Portage.



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