JUNEAU — A 49-year-old Watertown woman faces first-degree reckless homicide charges following the death of a 16-year-old boy more than two years ago.
Debra L. Patroelj faces 40 years in prison and a $100,000 fine if convicted of the charge. She is scheduled for her initial appearance in court on March 19.
John E. Teuteberg died on Jan. 25, 2016, in his friend’s bedroom from a drug overdose, according to the criminal complaint. An autopsy revealed that he died from using methadone.
According to a criminal complaint, a relative of Teuteberg said that she had heard from one of his friends that Teuteberg had purchased pills and marijuana from a woman and that she was told that Teuteberg had taken all six of the pills. Another witness was interviewed and said that Patroelj had showed up the night before Teuteberg died at his friend’s house.
Watertown Police spoke to Patroelj, who admitted that she bought $5 of marijuana from Teuteberg that night. She denied having methadone. She also said that her cellphone was stolen or lost after Teuteberg’s death.
A search warrant was obtained for Patroelj’s cellphone number and cellphone pings and Teuteberg’s cell number as well. On Teuteberg’s phone, they were able to see that Teuteberg researched methadone on his phone the night before he died. According to the criminal complaint, police were able to see messages that the two sent to each other on Facebook and saw on his phone that he had added her as a contact the night he died.