By Lisa Pett
Two men appeared in separate courtrooms today to face sentencing on two cases of 2nd degree reckless homicide for contributing to the overdose deaths of Ethan Eckerson and UWSP student Jordan Peterson.
David Bronk, 64, appeared Tuesday morning before Judge John Finn after being convicted of 2nd degree reckless homicide. Bronk sold methadone pills to Eckerson, 22, who later died of a drug overdose on February 9, 2014.
When police searched Bronk’s Plover home, they found a large amount of methadone pills, and according to police records, Bronk admitted to selling the pills to Eckerson prior to the overdose.
In requesting a 15 year sentence with five years initial confinement followed by ten years of extended supervision, Assistant District Attorney David Knaapen cited Bronk’s long history of drug related offenses dating back to 1971.
For Bronk’s part in Eckerson’s death, Judge Finn followed the state’s recommendation and handed down the five year prison term followed by the ten years of supervision. Bronk was also ordered to serve concurrent sentences on charges of possession with intent to deliver and maintaining a drug trafficking residence.
In a separate case, Erik Olsen, 27, of Hancock, was sentenced to three and a half years in prison for his role in the heroin overdose of Jordan Peterson in November of 2013.
Assistant District Attorney David Knaapen requested a ten year sentence with five years initial confinement followed by five years on extended supervision. He also noted that Olsen expressed genuine remorse regarding his part in Peterson’s death.
“Erik understands that there will be repercussions,” said Knaapen.
Judge Thomas Flugaur considered Olsen’s lack of prior criminal history, his age, and his remorse over his responsibility in Peterson’s overdose and his cooperation with law enforcement in this case.