Chippewa Falls man charged in connection to two deaths

Shane Johnson<br />Courtesy: Chippewa County Sheriff's Office
Shane Johnson<br />Courtesy: Chippewa County Sheriff's Office(WEAU)
Published: Nov. 28, 2018 at 4:28 PM CST
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A Chippewa Falls man is now charged in the deaths of two men who police say he provided with drugs.

Shane Johnson, 41, was charged in November of last year for supplying the heroin that killed Nicholas Buck, 40.

Wednesday the same charges are filed against Johnson for the death of Samuel Ott, 28, who died on November 18th of last year.

According to the criminal complaint filed in Chippewa County officers were called to an Eau Claire home on East Lexington Blvd.

When officers arrived they found Ott dead inside the basement of the home with a syringe, spoon and small clear gem packet on his nightstand.

Johnson was arrested on Thanksgiving Day last year in connection with the deaths but was found with enough drugs that federal prosecutors took the case initially.

As Johnson was facing federal charges the Chippewa County District Attorney’s Office said a policy required the other local charges be dropped since a person cannot be prosecuted federally when local charges are pending.

In May Johnson was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for possessing 50 grams or more of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute according to Department of Justice.

Prosecutors can now move forward with Johnson’s case locally and he will be facing charges on 12 counts in Chippewa County including first-degree reckless homicide and maintaining a drug trafficking place.

Johnson is due for his initial appearance in Chippewa County Court in January.