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Beaver Dam man to prison in Reeseville drug death

May 4, 2019

JUNEAU -- Dodge County Circuit Judge Steven Bauer sentenced Jason L. Thompson to prison Wednesday, following a jury verdict finding him guilty of first degree reckless homicide and felony bail jumping.

Thompson, 41, of Beaver Dam, was found guilty in the overdose death of James Hook, 62, of Reeseville.

Bauer sentenced him to two years of prison followed by seven years of extended supervision on the homicide and a concurrent two years in prison and three years of extended supervision on the bail jumping.

He could have faced up to 46 years in prison and a $110,000 fine.

The state recommended 10 years of prison followed by five years of extended supervision on the homicide and five years of consecutive probation on the bail jumping. The defense recommended three years of prison followed by five years of extended supervision on the homicide and five years of consecutive probation on the bail jumping.

At the sentencing, Bauer noted Thompson had lied on the stand during his trial but said that of all the ways a person can commit reckless homicide, this is the most mitigated. He said the court needed to “balance the crime, not the charge.”

He went on to say that while Hook is technically a victim, he isn’t a victim because he chose to take the drugs given to him by Thompson.

According to the criminal complaint, a Dodge County detective learned deputies found Hook dead Feb. 9, 2016, in his Reeseville apartment. When Hook’s body was moved by the Dodge County Medical Examiner’s Office, drug paraphernalia was found under Hook’s body that led deputies to believe he died of a drug overdose.

An autopsy determined Hook’s cause of death was “multidrug toxicity.” The report also showed Hook had heroin in his body at the time of his death.

During his investigation, the detective found two numbers on Hook’s cellphone with the content of some of the text messages drug related.

The detective also discovered Hook drove Thompson and another man to Madison to pick up some drugs. The man told the detective he watched Thompson get out of the vehicle to where he could purchase drugs. When Thompson returned he handed Hook a gram of heroin, the complaint states.

According to the detective, Thompson was the source of the drugs that caused Hook’s death. Thompson was also making arrangements to purchase more for Hook.