A Madison man who was convicted of reckless homicide in a La Crosse area drug death will get a break on the conditions of his probation.
Malachi Hankel will no longer be required to perform hundreds of hours a year of community service.
Hankel was sentenced to 8 years of probation in 2014, for providing heroin to Thomas Tremain, a Barre Mills man who died from an overdose hours later.
During his probation, Hankel has lived in a group home and a mental health facility, and argues that he is not in a position to complete the 1000 hour service requirement.
Judge Todd Bjerke says Hankel should find ‘pro-social’ activities which will benefit him, to fulfill his sentence.
Tremain got away from a Madison hospital where he had been taken for alcohol treatment, and persuaded Hankel to drive him from Madison back home to Barre Mills.
Hankel admitted to using the heroin with Tremain, and to leaving him alone to sleep so he could return to Madison.
Tremain was found dead in his home a short time after Hankel departed.
Hankel had left his phone number on a note to Tremain, assuming that Tremain would wake up.