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Potts gets 5-year sentence for selling heroin to overdose victim

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Nineteen months after a La Crosse man died from a heroin overdose, the woman who brought him the drugs has been sentenced to five years behind bars. 

Takeyhia Potts pleaded guilty to a reckless homicide charge in January, for causing the death of 26-year-old Casey Eggen in the summer of 2016. 

Eggen died after taking heroin and fentanyl.

The district attorney recommended three years in prison. 

Judge Scott Horne compared selling heroin mixed with other substances to playing Russian roulette, knowing someone could eventually die.

Horne thought Potts would have tried to make amends to Eggen’s family for the drug death. 

But the victim’s relatives said Potts had not shown remorse, and they accused her of unnecessarily dragging out the court case for months.

Potts will get 444 days credit for time spent in jail since her arrest early last year.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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