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BURNETT COUNTY -- The Court has accepted a guilty plea from Jordan Decorah, one of two men charged criminally following a fatal fentanyl overdose in Burnett County in January 2021.
Criminal charges were filed against Jordan Decorah and Bryan Belisle following the fatal overdose that resulted in the death of a 17-year-old male.
Washburn County Deputies were dispatched on January 23, 2021, to the area of County Highway A and Little Bass Lake Road for a vehicle that was stopped in the middle of the road, straddling the centerline. Belisle was located in the driver’s seat of the vehicle; he was unresponsive. Just outside the vehicle, responding deputies located a second unresponsive male. A witness on the scene stated that a dose of Narcan had already been administered to this male, an underage 17-year-old. The underage male was transported for medical care but did not recover.
The subsequent law enforcement investigation into the death revealed that Jordan Decorah (pictured left) had made plans to meet the underage male on January 23, 2021, for the purpose of providing drugs in payment of a previous debt that Decorah owed to the underage male. Belisle drove the underage male to the meeting so that Belisle could act as “muscle”. Decorah allegedly warned the underage male that the substance was very strong and to be "careful bcuz somebody already od in the city of 1 hit on foil....."; however, the underage male immediately used some of the drugs.
A family member of the underage male received a phone call from him in the early afternoon of January 23, 2021, during which he advised that Decorah had repaid the debt, not with cash, but with heroin. Less than twenty minutes passed between the time of that phone call and when Washburn County Deputies were dispatched to the location of the stopped vehicle.
Decorah was charged with Class C Felony First Degree Reckless Homicide; Class D Felony Intent. Contribute To The Delinquency Of A Child - Death - Party To A Crime; and Class E Felony Possession With Intent To Deliver Narcotics - Party To A Crime.
Online circuit court records show that Decorah appeared in Burnett County Circuit Court on May 19, 2022, regarding the charges filed against him, and the Court accepted his plea of guilty to his charge of Class D Felony Intent. Contribute To The Delinquency Of A Child - Death - Party To A Crime. The remaining charges filed against Decorah, in this case, were dismissed but read in. Decorah also entered a plea of guilty to a charge of Class H Felony Forgery-Uttering and a charge of Class I Felony Possession of Narcotic Drugs. Those charges were filed against Decorah in two separate Burnett County Circuit Court criminal cases.
The Hon. Melissia Mogen revoked Decorah’s bond and online court records state that he is to remain in custody until he is sentenced on his convictions.
Belisle is charged with Class D Felony Second Degree Reckless Homicide; Class D Felony Intent. Contribute To The Delinquency Of A Child - Death - Party To A Crime; and Class E Felony Delivery of Schedule I or II Narcotics - Party to a Crime. Two additional Burnett County Circuit Court cases charge Belisle with Class I Felony Possession of Narcotic Drugs, Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor Bail Jumping, and Misdemeanor Operate After Revocation. He is scheduled to appear on June 2022, in Burnett County Circuit Court.
In Washburn County Circuit Court, Belisle is charged with Class H Felony Operating While Intoxicated-4th Offense, Misdemeanor Operate While Revoked, and Misdemeanor Bail Jump. Online court records indicate that those charges stem from the same incident date as the fatal fentanyl overdose. He is set to appear again in Washburn County Circuit Court on May 27, 2022.
Pursuant to the direction of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, as found in Supreme Court Rule 20:3.6, Trial Publicly, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.