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A Fond du Lac man, formerly of Ripon, was convicted of first degree reckless homicide (a class C felony) and manufacture/delivery of Fentanyl (a class E felony).

David Bresser, 27, pled no contest to both charges, according to a press release from Fond du Lac County District Attorney Eric Toney.

The homicide charge stems from an overdose death in Fond du Lac in April 2020, while the manufacture and delivery of fentanyl charges stem from an incident in Ripon last August.

“Methamphetamine and fentanyl are ravaging families and communities across Wisconsin because drug dealing knows no boundaries,”  Toney said in a press release. “These convictions will help keep our community safer with one less drug dealer on our streets. Despite this, there will be a lifetime of grief for the family and friends of the victim because these convictions will not bring him back.”

The court revoked Bresser’s bond, ordered a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled a sentencing hearing for August 17, according to the district attorney.

RECKLESS HOMICIDE

In April 2020, police in Fond du Lac were dispatched to a bridge because of reports of a dead body in the water, according to court documents.

Officers allegedly identified a body in the river and found the individual had died. The Fond du Lac Fire Department retrieved the body from the river.

Police later found THC, methamphetamine and amphetamine in toxicology results during the autopsy, court records state. The Fond du Lac County Medical Examiner’s Office listed the cause of death as “methamphetamine toxicity,” per the criminal complaint.

Police conducted a follow-up investigation and received information from multiple witnesses close to the victim, who said the victim had a heroin problem, according to the criminal complaint.

Investigators continued to interview contacts the victim had and reviewed his social media messages around the time of his death and found he had been messaging Bresser.

In the messages, court records state that Bresser sent the victim images of “a crystal-like substance in a plastic baggie.”

Bresser was arrested in August 2020 and police interviewed him regarding social media records that showed he was “dealing to numerous individuals,” court records noted.

Bresser allegedly admitted to selling methamphetamine to the victim, which he told police was “like $20 worth.”

However, court records say “based on the toxicology results there’s no way it was only $20 worth of drugs” because “one never knows how strong or weak the meth is because we don’t know how many times it has been cut or added to in order to strengthen or weaken the drug.”

DELIVERY OF FENTANYL

Prior to his August arrest by Fond du Lac Police, the Ripon Police Department was dispatched to an apartment to investigate a medical complaint several days earlier.

According to court records, law enforcement found Bresser and a female who was pale and sweaty; along with two pieces of tin foil, a rolled up bill, a piece of cotton and a syringe.

The female allegedly admitted to using what she thought was heroin before police arrived. Police collected the drug paraphernalia, which were later sent to the state crime lab.

Bresser denied being present when the female became unconscious, but later police interviews with the female suggested he had given her the drugs, according to court records.

In addition, the state crime lab found that the “tar-like” substance found in the tin foil had tested positive for Fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opiate and Schedule I narcotic.

The cases were investigated by the Fond du Lac Police Department and Ripon Police Department with assistance by the MEG Drug Unit, Toney said.

According to the district attorney, Bresser has prior convictions for burglary, felony bail jumping and domestic abuse.

If convicted, Tony says Bresser faces up to 35 years of initial prison confinement and 20 years of extended supervision. 

Written By

Joe Schulz served as the reporter of the Green Laker in 2019 and 2020, before being hired as a reporter for the Commonwealth in October 2020. He is from Oshkosh and graduated from UW-Oshkosh in December with a bachelor's degree in journalism.

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