Two homicide charges filed against Chippewa County man already serving time in federal prison

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Chippewa County (WQOW) — The man already serving time in a federal prison, following what police called the biggest drug bust in Chippewa Falls history, is now charged with two counts of reckless homicide by delivery of drugs.

Shane Johnson was sentenced to 20 years in a federal prison May for possessing more than 50 grams of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

Wednesday, Johnson was charged in Chippewa County with causing the overdose deaths of two men, Nicholas Buck and Samuel Ott. According to the criminal complaint, Johnson sold drugs to the men, who both died from overdoses four days apart in November 2017.

Last December, the Chippewa County District Attorney’s Office dropped charges against Johnson while the federal court process played out. At that time, Johnson was only charged in Buck’s death. Wednesday, Assistant district attorney Roy Gay told News 18 that his office felt it was appropriate to file charges against Johnson, especially after new evidence linked him to the overdose death of Ott.

Johnson is scheduled to make his initial appearance in Chippewa County court on January 22.

Stephen Kelley

Stephen Kelley

Stephen Kelley joined the News 18 team in August 2006. He is currently the 10:00 PM Evening Anchor/Producer.

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